About Us


The Villa Education Trust was formed in 2002 and opened Mt Hobson Middle School, in Newmarket, in February 2003. Within a year the roll was full with 48 students across Years 7-10.  Now entering its 15th year, Mt Hobson Middle School continues to thrive and offers outstanding education in a small school environment. 

For the Trust, an opportunity for growth and expansion came in 2013 when the New Zealand Government established it's Partnership School policy, to enable change for priority learners – Maori, Pacifica and other students who were not achieving in mainstream education.      

Using its proven middle school model, Villa Education Trust was selected by the Government to operate one of the first partnership schools. In just 14 weeks a superb location in Manurewa was found, secured and renovated and a team of highly qualified teachers was employed.  When it opened in February 2014 the school had a full roll of 120 students - with a waiting list for 2014 and 2015.  In 2016 the school increased its roll to 150, with a further increase to 180 places from Term 1 2017.

In 2014 the Trust was selected to open a second partnership school, this time in West Auckland. In less time than before, the Trust located two sites, one in Henderson and Glendene, and opened Middle School West Auckland in February 2015.    In Term 3 2016 the school relocated its Glendene campus to 287-289 Lincoln Road, Henderson, named Jack Ralston House after the late Kiwi sports coach.  Here up to 180 students can be accommodated in three fully renovated villas.  Pohutukawa Villa, the schools Te Reo bilingual unit, houses up to 60 students at 22-24 Waipareira Avenue. An ERO report published in December 2015 recognised the achievements of the school on providing quality education and support to students and their families.

In 2018 the Partnership schools were closed and became Designated Character schools. They still operate the Villa Education Trust model. This was because of a government policy change.


With three schools, the Villa Education Trust has confirmed its capability to set up and efficiently manage schools in a variety of locations, to meet a spectrum of learning needs, and for a range of families. Core values unite the communities across our three schools:

  • Excellence in learning.
  • Cooperation among students, families and the community.
  • Building of personal character through applied Christian values.
  • A strong emphasis on thinking skills and students understanding how they think and learn.

Our success draws visitors from around the world and we are in the process of the formalising partnerships with schools and educational organisations in the United States of America and China. This will increase learning opportunities for our staff and students.

The Future

The original aims of the Villa Education Trust included a focus on Years 7-10. Developmentally, this is a critical time of transition from childhood to adulthood. The Trust will continue to focus on middle schools as places where we create pathways to opportunity for our students.

In the year ahead, the number of students we educate will grow to more than 500. This will include the introduction of new villas at South Auckland Middle School and Middle School West Auckland. In addition, the Trust has launched the Villa NCEA Academy (VNA), for Years 11-13, which is located within Mt Hobson Middle School.  The VNA offers NCEA Levels 1-3 for students in Years 11-13. Achievement (NCEA) in Levels 1, 2 and 3.

In outcomes, this growth in numbers will enable:

  • More students engaged in their learning.
  • Continuously improving academic achievement for every child.
  • More pathways to opportunity for the many students whose needs are not met in mainstream education.

The Aims of a Villa Education Trust Middle School are as follows:

  • To provide a window of opportunity for outstanding learning for Year 7 to 10 students.
  • To play a significant part in preparing students for full and effective participation in their future academic, cultural, sporting, social and working lives.
  • To provide a learning environment that is thorough, innovative and able to be applied to the best advantage to each student through their individualised education.

Our Vision Statement is:

  • Through effective teaching, quality facilities, a supportive learning environment, an optimal day structure and an integrated curriculum, young people develop and learn to give them a base for excellence in all spheres of life.

The Core Values of a Villa Education Trust School are:

  • Excellence in learning.
  • Cooperation among students, families and the community. 
  • Building of personal character through applied Christian values.
  • A strong emphasis on thinking skills and students understanding how they think and learn.

Features and Future:

  • A small school environment.
  • An in class student:teacher ratio of no more than 15:1.
  • Individualised education for each student.
  • A modified day structure to allow excellent learning outside of the classroom and the use of community resources. It also allows for students to develop skills in independent learning.
  • Excellent learning resources including up-to-date and thoughtfully used ICT.
  • Competitive fee structure.
  • A Christian philosophy and values base to the curriculum and school.