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Chilton Saint James School

Chilton Saint James School is a private single-sex girls composite school located in central Lower Hutt, New Zealand. The school was founded in 1918 by Geraldine FitzGerald, and was a combined day and boarding school until the dormitories closed in the late 1970s.[3] Chilton St James has a roll of 349 students from Years 1 to 13 (ages 5 to 18) as of August 2018.[2] The school also has a co-educational preschool for boys and girls from the age of 2.

Chilton Saint James School
124 Waterloo Road
Hutt Central
Lower Hutt 5010
New Zealand
Coordinates41°12′37″S 174°54′49″E / 41.2104°S 174.9137°E / -41.2104; 174.9137Coordinates: 41°12′37″S 174°54′49″E / 41.2104°S 174.9137°E / -41.2104; 174.9137
Funding typePrivate
Ministry of Education Institution no.263
PrincipalKathy Lloyd-Parker[1]
Years offered1–13
School roll349[2] (August 2018)
Socio-economic decile10

The school runs the Chilton Dance Centre, which provides afterschool dance lessons and training in classical ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, tap, musical theatre dance and pilates to students from Preschool to Adults.



As a private school, Chilton St James receives little funding from the government and charges parents of students tuition fees to cover costs. As of 2013, the school fees range from NZ$12,732 for Year 1–3 student to $17,080 for Year 9–13 students, inclusive of GST. A 7.5% fee discount applies if a student has one or more siblings also attending the school.[4] Fees for international students are higher.

At the March 2013 Education Review Office (ERO) review, Chilton St James had 420 students, including four international students. 63% as New Zealand European (Pākehā), 9% as other European, 16% as Asian (including 5% as Indian), 6% as Māori, 3% as Pacific Islanders, and 4% as other ethnicities.[5]

The school has a socio-economic decile of 10, meaning the school draws its students mainly from areas of little or no socio-economic deprivation.

Notable staff, students and alumnaeEdit

Honour RollEdit

Chilton Saint James introduced an Honour Roll in 2012, to honour former Chilton Saint James School alumnae or members of the Chilton community who have gone on to make a significant contribution to society at a national or international level in one of five categories.[6]

Former students on the roll include:

  • Judith Hanratty (attended 1950-60) – former company secretary, BP
  • Molly Haydn (née Macalister; attender 1935-37) – sculptor, most notably the Maori Warrior on Auckland’s Queen Street (1964)
  • Dr Louise Ryan (née Stewart; attended 1937-47) – has made a significant contribution to academic research into osteoporosis
  • Kerrin Vautier (née Christie; attended 1953-62) – consulting research economist, Director, Reserve Bank of New Zealand
  • Chelsea Payne (attended 1985-98) – Rhodes Scholar, Rule of Law Officer in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, United Nations

Former staff on the roll include:

  • Penny Hunt (née Haworth; staff member 1976-99) – Olympic sprinter
  • Gwen Ryan (principal 1956-61) – for her services to the United Nations Association and New Zealand/China relations

Other notable students and alumnaeEdit


  1. ^ "Introducing our Principal". Chilton Saint James School. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Directory of Schools - as at 13 September 2018". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  3. ^ "History in a nutshell". Chilton Saint James School. Retrieved 23 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Chilton Saint James School Fees and Business Regulations" (PDF). Chilton Saint James School. Retrieved 23 July 2014.
  5. ^ "Chilton St James School Education Review". Education Review Office. 27 May 2013. Retrieved 23 July 2014.
  6. ^ "Chilton Honour Roll". Chilton Saint James School. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  7. ^ McConnell, Rhiannon (25 February 2014). "Acting up in New York". The Dominion Post. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
  8. ^ "Peggy Spicer". Retrieved 12 October 2017.

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