We are delighted to report than we have just received another 4-5 year review from the Education Review Office, following their time in the school in February. Our BOT Chair, Nicola Campbell says that the Board is very impressed with this outstanding result. 'It is testament to the dedication and hard work of the entire staff and gives us reassurance that so much is being done so well.'
The final report (click here) will appear on the ERO web site next week but we wanted our community to see it before it went on line.
A 4-5 year return time signals that ERO has confidence in the school and our systems. It is the longest return time a school can receive - the others are 1-2 or 3 years. This is our third consecutive 4-5 year review since the system was implemented in 2009. Ours were in March 2009, August 2013 and now May 2018, so we are unlikely to see a team again until 2022 or 2023, depending on how busy they are.
While they were here they visited classes, spoke to groups of students and staff and reviewed aspects of the school that can have an impact on student safety and wellbeing, like bullying, teacher registration, processes for appointing staff, attendance and processes in relation to the Vulnerable Children Act. They also looked at the programmes that care for our International students. A significant amount of time was spent reviewing the achievement of Maori and Pasifika students and students who are at risk of not achieving.
Nothing in the report was a surprise to us and we were very open with ERO about the areas we are currently working on. They endorsed those directions.
The report notes our strengths as:
- Collaborative and future focussed leadership and governance
- systems and processes that place student wellbeing needs at the centre of ongoing change and initiatives
- responsive and innovative teaching, learning programmes and interventions that cater for diverse learners
- partnerships with students, parents and whanau that promote engagement, empowerment and innovation
Our areas of focus are:
- developing evaluation processes which will tell us if our systems are having an impact and
- continuing to focus on developing a bicultural curriculum to promote and support equity and learner outcomes.
Thank you to everyone who took part in this review and for your hard work over many years. It's always reassuring to have that noticed by external agencies.