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Rutherford College is a community where striving for personal excellence is the focus. Student needs are put at the centre of a personalised learning system in which learning is made meaningful for all students. A high expectations culture exists and high standards of academic, sporting, cultural and social achievement are attained.

Strategic Intents

Student Achievement

All students are fully engaged in striving for personal excellence.


All staff are fully engaged in targeted professional learning to support students striving.

Learning Environment

The school is a safe, modern learning environment that supports students striving for personal excellence.


The relationship between the school and all stakeholders supports that all students striving for personal excellence.

Achievement Goals 2022

Improve Achievement Outcomes for Year 9 & 10 Students. Goal is 85% achieving at the curriculum level.

Improve Achievement Outcomes for NCEA L1, 2, 3 to 85% passrate. Improve Achievement Outcomes for UE.

Accelerate the Achievement Outcomes for SARONAS (Students at Risk of Not Achieving), specially Maori, Pasifika and Boys.

Stakeholders: Students, Parents, Whanau, Staff, Contributing Schools, Past Students, Local Community, Business Partners, Tertiary Institutions.

A.T.O.M. – Achieving To Our Maximum

A.T.O.M stands for Achieving To Our Maximum and is Rutherford College’s contextual adaptation of the University of Auckland’s Starpath programme.

A.T.O.M is essentially a mentoring program where each student is encouraged to set yearly academic and non-academic goals. They are then supported by their Tutor Teacher to strive and track their progress towards those goals.

The programme for each student is led through their Tutor Teacher who will assist them in reviewing their previous progress, setting goals and helping them track their progress. Except where circumstances prevent it, the Tutor Teachers stay with their class for the five year journey through Rutherford College so they can develop the relationship with the student and their whanau/family.

The aim for each student as they progress through the program is that they develop:

  1. Self-review and SMART goal setting skills.
  2. Goal tracking skills that are data informed.
  3. Study timetabling skills.
  4. Study skills.
  5. Inter-personal skills.
  6. Presentation skills

A.T.O.M Conferences are part of the programme, which are student led data informed conferences between the Parents, Students and Tutor Teacher. They occur twice a year and the aim is for the parents and student to unpack how they are tracking towards their academic goals, where their strengths and weaknesses lie and how they might be addressed.

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