Age

Completion of upper secondary education is associated with a range of economic and social benefits both in New Zealand and across the OECD. Retention to senior secondary schooling is linked to higher levels of skills and knowledge required for participation in our increasingly knowledge-based society and the wider global community.

The retention data presented here is calculated from school leaver data, that is, it is the age that a school leaver completed their schooling. The Ministry convention is to consider the proportion of students that remain at school until at least their 17th birthday; this is a year after compulsory education and the average age for a student completing their upper secondary qualifications.

Identical information is available for the region’s territorial authorities using the drop down menu above. For other territorial authorities first choose the appropriate region from the drop down menu above.

2017 data have not been updated in these tables but National and school level data is available in Senior Student Attainment statistics.

Age of students when they left school by ethnic group and gender (2016)
Ethnic group Gender 15 16 17 18 19+ Total
Māori Female 28 109 196 172 10 515
Māori Male 47 171 209 143 12 582
Māori Total 75 280 405 315 22 1,097
Pacific Female 0 9 11 19 0 39
Pacific Male 1 7 13 23 0 44
Pacific Total 1 16 24 42 0 83
Asian Female 1 2 10 16 2 31
Asian Male 1 3 12 22 2 40
Asian Total 2 5 22 38 4 71
MELAA Female x x x x x 2
MELAA Male x x x x x 11
MELAA Total 0 2 3 8 0 13
Other Female 0 1 6 1 0 8
Other Male 1 1 4 2 1 9
Other Total 1 2 10 3 1 17
European/Pākehā Female 14 74 283 240 14 625
European/Pākehā Male 11 129 240 221 14 615
European/Pākehā Total 25 203 523 461 28 1,240
Regional Total Female 40 173 446 408 23 1,090
Regional Total Male 58 279 440 368 25 1,170
Regional Total Total 98 452 886 776 48 2,260

Notes:

  1. ‘x’ = data has been suppressed where there are between 0 and 5 students in the denominator for a specific group, for example Asian Females. Where one gender has been suppressed the corresponding gender has also been suppressed.
  2. Ethnicity is multiple response, that is, students who affiliated in more than one ethnic group have been counted in each ethnic group. Students are only counted once in the total, therefore, the ethnic groups may not sum to the total.
  3. International fee-paying students are excluded.