Pukekohe Christian School - 29/02/2016

Findings

On the basis of the information obtained during the review, ERO considers that Pukekohe Christian School meets the criteria for registration as a private school set out in the Education Act 1989. 

1 Background

The Chief Review Officer has a statutory duty to report on the performance of private schools throughout New Zealand.

Section 35I of the Education Act 1989, requires the Education Review Office (ERO) to review fully registered private schools, and to report to the Ministry of Education on whether each school continues to meet the criteria for full registration.

This review report was prepared in accordance with standard procedures approved by the Chief Review Officer.

2 Criteria for Registration

Pukekohe Christian School is located near Pukekohe township and caters for students in Years 1 to 15. Students come from diverse cultural backgrounds across a wide geographic area across Franklin and South Auckland. The school is underpinned by Christian values and provides a Christ-centred education. Academic programmes are prescribed by the Cambridge International Curriculum.

The school has suitable premises, staffing, equipment, curriculum and standards of tuition, as defined in the Education Act 1989 and described in the school’s prospectus. The principal’s regular reports to the board ensures that trustees are well informed about school operations and student achievement.

Systems for property maintenance and health and safety are well established and guided by agreed policies and procedures. Since ERO’s 2011 report, changes in the school have included the recent addition of two new classrooms and the provision of safe storage of dangerous materials in the science laboratory. Resources to support the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) resources have been increased.

Staffing is suitable for the age range, year levels and size of the school. Leadership responsibilities are shared across the staff team. Teachers are supported to build their professional capacity, particularly in relation to the Cambridge curriculum and Christian education. The principal continues to strengthen processes for teacher appraisal.

A range of information, including the prospectus, newsletters and the school’s website, informs parents about the curriculum. The school programme is based on the Cambridge International curriculum that emphasises literacy, mathematics and science. Cambridge progress tests are used from Year 3. At senior levels, most students complete the Cambridge curriculum. A few students are supported to access courses through Te Kura, the Correspondence School and access National Certificates of Educational Achievement (NCEA).

Children have a variety of opportunities for learning through community activities that reflect the school’s focus on service. The curriculum also includes art, and a health and physical education programme. Children also have opportunities to participate in choir, drama and worship groups. Careers information is provided for senior students and academic pathways are planned with families.

The school’s managers have attested that they comply with the provisions of section 35G of the Education Act 1989 in respect to their being fit and proper persons to manage the school.

3 Other Obligations

Good systems are in place to assure the board that its other statutory obligations are met.

4 Other Matters

Provision for international students

The school is a signatory to the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students (the Code) established under section 238F of the Education Act 1989. The school has attested that it complies with all aspects of the Code. At the time of this review there were seven international students attending the school.

ERO’s investigations confirm that the school’s systems for reviewing its provision for international students are thorough. The principal regularly monitors provision for students’ academic progress and care. They are able to be involved in all aspects of school life and in the wider Christian community. Digital tools support these students’ English language learning.

5 Conclusion

On the basis of the information obtained during the review, ERO considers that Pukekohe Christian School meets the criteria for registration as a private school set out in the Education Act 1989. 

Graham Randell

Deputy Chief Review Officer Northern

29 February 2016

School Statistics

Location

Pukekohe

Ministry of Education profile number

456

School type

Composite (Years 1 to 15)

School roll

193

Number of international students

7

Gender composition

Boys 55%, Girls 45%

Ethnic composition

Pākehā

Māori

Indian

African

Chinese

Korean

Samoan

Other European

other

49%

1%

13%

6%

5%

4%

3%

13%

6%

Review team on site

December 2015

Date of this report

29 February 2016

Most recent ERO report(s)

Private School Review

Private School Review

Private School Review

September 2011

August 2008

November 2005