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 103 258 537 506 22 1,426
Māori Male 118 401 525 460 28 1,532
Māori Total 221 659 1,062 966 50 2,958
Pacific Female 71 288 908 990 63 2,320
Pacific Male 110 377 906 914 69 2,376
Pacific Total 181 665 1,814 1,904 132 4,696
Asian Female 15 78 792 1,084 80 2,049
Asian Male 20 89 740 1,229 104 2,182
Asian Total 35 167 1,532 2,313 184 4,231
MELAA Female 6 24 117 155 16 318
MELAA Male 5 33 113 161 19 331
MELAA Total 11 57 230 316 35 649
Other Female 0 4 20 30 4 58
Other Male 1 10 31 31 2 75
Other Total 1 14 51 61 6 133
European/Pākehā Female 60 367 1,796 2,171 46 4,440
European/Pākehā Male 89 597 1,919 2,190 69 4,864
European/Pākehā Total 149 964 3,715 4,361 115 9,304
Regional Total Female 221 882 3,766 4,571 215 9,655
Regional Total Male 306 1,300 3,862 4,618 278 10,364
Regional Total Total 527 2,182 7,628 9,189 493 20,019

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.