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ACG Sunderland celebrates premier award in Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards

ACG Sunderland has achieved unprecedented academic success in the 2023 Cambridge Assessment International Examinations (CAIE), achieving the prestigious award (Best Across Three A-Level subjects) and doubling the school’s 2022 award tally. 

Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards


Remarkable award success 

The Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards honour students who achieve distinctions such as Top in World, Top in New Zealand, or High Achievement in Cambridge examinations. ‘High Achievement’ recognises learners who have excelled in less commonly taken subjects. 

ACG Sunderland achieved six awards in 2023 (up from three in 2022) including the Best Across Three A-Level subjects award, two Top in World awards and three High Achievement awards, marking the school’s best-ever CAIE results. The awards contribute to ACG Schools’ total award tally of 46 (up from 33 in 2022), setting the benchmark for excellence in education across New Zealand. The total tally is made up of one Best Across Three A-Level subjects award, one Best Across Four AS-Level subjects award, 14 Top in World awards, 18 Top in New Zealand awards and 12 High Achievement awards.  

Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards


High Achievement: 3 

Top in World: 2 

Best Across Three A-Level subjects: 1 

100% A-Level pass rate and university entrance 

ACG Sunderland also proudly achieved a 100% A-Level pass rate, with 83% at A-C grade and 42% at A-A*, showcasing the school’s commitment to academic success and student advancement. 

Exceptional student achievement 

ACG Sunderland produces some of the highest performing learners in New Zealand, and globally. Among them for 2023 are Jessica Yezi Liu (who achieved the supreme Best Across Three A-Level subjects award), Shuyang Cao (Top in World – Mathematics Without Coursework) and Amelia Ilse Lee (Top in World – Physical Education). As well as this, three ACG Sunderland students earned High Achievement awards for Marine Science. The diverse range of subject awards – from Mathematics to Physical Education to Marine Science – demonstrates ACG Sunderland’s unwavering commitment to delivering a holistic education across all subject areas, and Principal Nathan Villars couldn’t be prouder. 

“I’m delighted that ACG Sunderland has achieved its best Cambridge International Examination results ever. I’m incredibly impressed by the high performance of our students,” he says. “These outstanding results are a testament to the hard work and dedication of both our students and teachers, and the environment ACG Sunderland provides for students to achieve their full potential.” 

  • Best Across Three Cambridge International A-Level subjects – Jessica Yezi Liu 

  • Top in World Cambridge IGCSE Mathematics (Without Coursework) – Shuyang Cao 

  • Top in World Cambridge IGCSE Physical Education – Amelia Ilse Lee 

  • High Achievement Cambridge International AS-Level Marine Science – Natasha Woolley 

  • High Achievement Cambridge International AS-Level Marine Science – Zhen Ling Guan 

  • High Achievement Cambridge International A-Level Marine Science – Celine Young 

Recognition at the Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards Ceremony 

At the recent Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards Ceremony held in Auckland, a remarkable one out of every three awards was presented to an ACG student. ACG Schools are represented by ACG Sunderland (Henderson, West Auckland), ACG Parnell (Central Auckland), ACG Strathallan (Karaka, South Auckland) and ACG Tauranga. 

ACG Schools: Setting the standard for high achievement in New Zealand 

Mike McFadden, CEO of ACG Schools, remarks, “As New Zealand’s largest independent school group, 

it’s a significant achievement that collectively our schools have outperformed every other school in the country that offers the Cambridge curriculum.”