Our School

Wanganui High School is a modern, state funded, co-educational school of approximately 1600 students and 160 staff. The school is located in Wanganui in the region of Wanganui-Manawatu, New Zealand and occupies 12 hectares and consists of 12 single-storey teaching blocks. There is also a canteen, gymnasiums, playing courts, extensive sports fields, library, performing arts area, and our Te Atawhai Unit, which is designed for students with special learning needs.

It is the largest school in the lower North Island and one of the 30 largest schools in New Zealand.

Wanganui High School prides itself on caring for individual students in a quality academic environment. The school provides a balanced education for its students from Year 9 through to Year 13.

In terms of academic achievement our students’ achievement places the school well within the top 10 co-educational state secondary schools in New Zealand.  Wanganui High School is highly regarded internationally as evidenced by being Confucius Institute accredited and having as many as 80 foreign students studying with us.

The Wanganui High School community strives to ensure that all students are given the opportunity and support required to reach their potential in all aspects of their education.

By choosing Wanganui High School you are selecting a school that is committed to ensuring your youngster reaches their full potential.


Former pro wins Open - April 2016

HOT FAVOURITE: Former professional and No1 seed Joseph Watts (former WHS student - foreground) justified his favouritism with victory in the Wanganui Squash Men's Open at the weekend. Read Full Story

Girls make impact in capital - April 2016

TOP PERFORMERS: Subway Wanganui Swim Team members Elena Forlong (left), Niamh Hogan, Shannon Schimanski and Sarya Lower, did the club proud at the National Age Group Championships in Wellington. Read Full Story

Shot in the arm for teenage rugby - April 2016

Former WHS students selected to play in the 11-team Manawatu colts', Wanganui Midweek article on 27/4/16... Read Full Story

WHS play pretty good for rookies - April 2016

FOR first-timers in the format, the Wanganui High School basketballers acquitted themselves very well by finishing fourth in both the Junior and Senior boys divisions at the BBNZ Secondary School 3X3 National Slam in Auckland last weekend. Read Full Story