Ngaruawahia Primary school is a co-educational Year 1 – Year 8 state funded public school, which caters for 5 to 13 years old. It is one of four primary schools in the township and has a rich history in education spanning over six generations. It was first established in 1869. The school celebrated is diamond jubilee in 1933, its Centennial in 1969 and its 125 Jubilee in 1994.
Most of the students are drawn in and around Ngaruawahia e.g., township, River Rd, Hopuhopu Camp/Waingaro Rd.
The school is situated centrally within Ngaruawahia, adjacent to State Highway 1 and services an area of the township which is predominantly Maori. The housing and general nature of the area reflects a Decile 1 low socio economic parent community.
Ngaruawahia has a population of 6, 900 and is located in the heartland of the Waikato Region. It is in close proximity to Hamilton (15 minutes) and Auckland (1 hour).
The current school roll is 150 students. Of this number 44% are girls. Maori students comprise 95% of the total school roll with European students a further 3% and Pasifika / Indian students numbering only 2%. There is an annual roll turnover rate of 30%.
The school is also a Technology provider for an additional 460 Year 7 and Year 8 students from 12 contributing schools.