About QMC

Queen Margaret College is an independent Presbyterian school for girls, providing seamless education from Pre-School to Year 13.

Founded in 1919 and located in Thorndon, a gracious suburb of Wellington, neighbours include most of the Capital’s embassies, the National Museum, Parliament and Katherine Mansfield’s birthplace.

Principal: Carol Craymer

Dual Qualification Pathway

As an IB World School senior students are given the choice of completing the IB diploma or the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (New Zealand) with opportunities for both pathways to enter the New Zealand Scholarship examinations. Queen Margaret College is the only girls’ school in Wellington to offer the IB Diploma.

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Academic Excellence

The Dual Qualification Pathway results in 2013 demonstrates the academic Excellence of the College. This is further enhanced through the New Zealand Scholarship Results where the College was awarded one Outstanding Scholars Award, three Outstanding Scholarships in a Subject and 15 Scholarships in a Subject.

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1:1 Laptop Programme

All students Year 6 – 13  participate in the BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop). This is enhanced with iPads in the Pre-School and Preps, class sets of netbooks and laptops in the Junior School. The College has been running a successful 1:1 Laptop Programme within the Middle School since 2011.

World Class Facilities

Queen Margaret College is located in a historical building constructed in the late 1800s. The Tower Block is the heart of the College and stands for its strength and resilience. Over the past 90 years the College has cared for and restored this building, while expanding school facilities to provide our students the highest quality learning environment.

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Growing Global Citizens

The College offers language exchanges and leadership experiences in Chile, Tahiti, France, Australia, China, Europe, USA, Fiji and Japan.

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Learning Extension

The Learning Enrichment and Acceleration Programme (LEAP) extends and inspires girls who need more challenging learning experiences. This programme offers a myriad of discussion groups, workshops, clubs, outside competitions and international exams.

An Extensive range of sporting and cultural activities

Our choirs and instrumental groups have received a number of regional and national titles. Along with this the College offers opportunities to participate in the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival, debating, theatre-sports and the annual joint musical production with Scots College.

The College has over 100 sports teams, and in 2013 there was nine student who were either a New Zealand Representative teams or title holders.


The College has an onsite Pre-School which offers extended hours, a holiday programme and participates in the Ministry of Education 20 hours Free ECE subsidy scheme. The Pre-School takes advantage of specialist staff, including a full-time Nurse and the College facilities such as the library, gym and music auditorium.

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A top private girls' College located in Wellington, New Zealand catering for Pre-School through to Year 13. If you have further questions regarding our College please contact our Enrolments Registrar. 

Email: or phone: +64 4 473 7160.