Spotswood College

Spotswood College is a co-educational secondary school in New Plymouth, situated on the west coast of the North Island.

New Plymouth is a short 45 minute flight from Auckland and Wellington and sits between the beautiful Mount Taranaki and the Tasman sea.

Spotswood College welcomes International students to their school for either short or long term stays.

Spotswood College’s International students enjoy life in a friendly, medium sized New Zealand city (pop. 74,000) where it is easy to catch a bus to the city centre or walk to the beach after school for a swim.

Helpful information


The school roll is 755 and currently host up to 20 students who are all living with wonderful host families. We are very proud of the pastoral care provided at Spotswood College and our dedicated, caring International staff are available to students, parents and agents 24/7.


Together with core subjects, Spotswood College offers a wide curriculum choice including: Technology – Textiles, Metal, Wood, Graphics & Electronics, Digital – Computer Studies, Information & Media ; Physical Education & Health including Food & Nutrition; The Arts – Art Design, Painting, 3-D Studies (sculpture), Photography, Art History, Drama, Music Studies & Music Performance; Languages – Spanish, Japanese, French & Te Reo Maori, ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) at all levels. Students’ English level and personal goals are considered before class placement. IELTS is also offered in the ESOL Programme.

The availability of multi-level education allows students to study subjects at different levels according to their ability. Semester courses for short term students are also now available. International students are encouraged to gain NZ qualifications.

Extra Curricular Activities

International Students are actively encouraged to join a sport or cultural group at school or in the community during their time at Spotswood College. Popular choices for students include football, basketball, rugby, surfing, martial arts and kapa haka.

Spotswood College hopes you will choose their school to study, learn and have a true New Zealand experience.


Student Testimonials

I have loved my time in NZ ! My host family, friends and teachers at Spotswood College have all helped me to improve my English skills. New Plymouth is a great place to live and have fun in the outdoors. Check it out!
Svenja Keweloh , 2016


Address: 129 S Rd, Spotswood, New Plymouth 4310


To enrol in this school, download the form below, complete and return to ISENZ.

Download ISENZ Enrolment Form (PDF)

Email a completed and scanned copy to

Or post a completed copy to:
Russell Trethewey
PO Box 5329, Terrace End
Palmerston North, New Zealand

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For more information about this school, please contact ISENZ.