Summer School

Te Kura accepts short-term enrolments over the summer break for students to earn additional credits or specific internal standards in NCEA.

You may be enrolling to gain credits to get into a tertiary course, training, employment or higher level of NCEA the following year. We don't want a few missed credits to hold someone back from continuing on their journey.

We have a team of qualified teachers supporting students to achieve from a range of internal standards at NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3 selected as suitable for this shorter study time-frame. Subjects offered include Maths, English, Science and more. The standards and subjects offered can be viewed on our website shortly before enrolments open.

Courses are delivered online so, with access to a computer and the internet, you can learn anywhere and anytime.

“The teachers were so supportive and dedicated to helping me reach my goals. Summer School atTe Kura was by far the best decision I ever made.” – Summer School student.

“It was daunting at first because I had been out of school for a long time. My teacher was amazing at keeping me on track” – Summer School student.

Top tips for Summer School success

Summer School is over a short time period, and it’s all online. It’s amazing what you can get done at your own pace and at your own place when you set your mind to it.

You will have subject teachers to answer questions and assess your work and they are really committed to helping you achieve your goals but, unlike our regular school year, you don’t have a learning advisor to oversee your learning.

So, to achieve at Summer School you need to …

Some questions and answers about Summer School

When is Summer School?

Enrolments for Summer School usually open in November, and courses usually run from early December through to February. We will confirm exact dates closer to the end of the year.

Who can enrol?

To enrol with Te Kura for free you must be:

How do I enrol?

When enrolments open, you will be able to enrol online via our website or by contacting our enrolment team on 0800 65 99 88 option 1.

What subjects can I study?

We will publish the standards and the subject they are available in when we open for enrolment. These are subject to student demand and staff availability – we do try and offer the greatest range possible at NCEA levels 1,2 and 3 to help you achieve your learning goals.

How will my course be delivered?

Learning materials for Summer School courses will be available through Te Kura’s online teaching and learning environment, so you will need access to a computer with internet connectivity. Read more about getting started with Te Kura

What support will I receive?

Teachers will be available online to answer any questions and to assess your work. If you need help with online learning, you can contact our Student and Whānau Service Hub during working hours for assistance - call 0800 65 99 88 extension 8712 or email Please read the section "Top Tips for Summer School success" above.

What if I don’t finish my assessments in time?

If you don't manage to meet the Summer School deadlines, you can always find out about staying on with Te Kura to complete your learning goals. You just need to let us know you'd like to enrol for Term 1 before Summer School finishes. You will be automatically withdrawn from Te Kura’s roll at the end of Summer School unless you notify us beforehand.

What should I do once I've gained my Summer School results?

Email confirming you have finished gaining all your Summer School results. Include your name, Te Kura ID, each standard number and result. We will need to verify these against the results in our student database.

What happens with my results if I was enrolled with another school this year?

If you were enrolled at another secondary school in 2019, and you gain your Summer School credits in time to have the results included in your 2019 NZQA Record of Achievement, the school you were enrolled with during 2019 will need to report them to NZQA on our behalf.

Email confirming you have finished gaining all your Summer School results. Include your name, Te Kura ID, each standard number and result. We will need to verify these against the results in our student database.

After you have emailed, we will send one email detailing your Summer School results to your 2019 school (and copy you into that email so you know when that happens). It is your responsibility to follow up with your 2019 school if your results do not appear in your Record of Achievement within five working days.