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120 Years of Carncot Independent School

Join us as we commemorate 120 Years of excellence at Carncot Independent School. A weekend-long celebration of events will take place over Labour Weekend (20 - 22 October 2023). Celebrate our school and the people who have helped shape our legacy.

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Palmerston North's only independent school

Located in the centre of Palmerston North, Carncot prepares primary and intermediate aged children for a lifetime of success. Our small class sizes and specialist subject teachers create a holistic environment where your child can discover their strengths, their place in the world, and most importantly, how they can leave their mark on it for the benefit of others. And with the opportunity to grow and be nurtured by dedicated staff, they can go forth with the confidence to take control of opportunity.

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Tailored learning for every child

Having specialist staff for every subject means we’re able to provide learning environments no other school can. Paired with the fact that no class is larger than 24 children, they’re able to ensure your child’s learning is catered to how they work best. The way our classes are setup also means that children become familiar with learning in the ways they will at high-school and university. The results speak for themselves.

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Cambridge International Education

A Cambridge International education prepares students with the skills they need to be truly successful in life. With a structured curriculum, individualised and inclusive support, and an equitable approach to assessments, it encourages confidence, responsibility, innovation, and engagement. This approach complements our longstanding Carncot ethos and allows us to nurture our students’ curiosity while setting them up for a lifetime of success and opportunity.

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Why Carncot

Under the umbrella of our RICHER values, everything we do comes down to one thing.

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Our School

Located in the heart of Palmerston North for over 100 years, Carncot continues to provide the spaces and facilities that children need.

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Being able to offer the learning environments we’re so proud of means we do have to limit our roll.

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