Tyndale Park Christian School - 26/05/2015

Findings

On the basis of the information obtained during the review, ERO considers that Tyndale Park 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

Tyndale Park Christian School, in Flatbush, Auckland, continues to provide students in Years 1 to 15 with a Christian-based education. The school provides suitable premises, staffing, equipment, curriculum and standards of tuition.

The school manager appointed in 2008 oversees the day-to-day operation of the school. A senior teacher provides teaching staff with professional leadership. A trust board governs the school. All aspects of school operations are guided by a shared understanding of the Bible.

The school premises continue to be well maintained and enable students to follow the school curriculum in appropriate learning environments. Residential developments in the surrounding properties have created an opportunity to provide additional playing fields, improving students' opportunities for sporting activities. Some classrooms have been renovated and the board plans to upgrade other teaching areas.

Sufficient equipment and resources enable the curriculum to be delivered. New information and communication equipment has recently been purchased and access to the internet improved. The school manager is considering how the school can best improve library resources and science equipment.

The Bible continues to be the foundation of the school curriculum. Years 1 to 10 students follow a curriculum developed by the school and taught in home rooms. The curriculum, outlined to parents in the school’s prospectus, emphasises basic skills and knowledge in a variety of learning areas. Teachers regularly assess aspects of student learning and report to parents at the end of each term. The manager is currently considering how the school could increase its use of nationally recognised assessment tools. This would help leaders and teachers to better monitor progress and achievement for students from Year 1 to Year 10.

Year 11 to 13 students follow the Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) programme. These students choose subjects according to their interests and future learning plans. Year 9 and 10 students also learn through the ACE programme for one hour per day. Students working on the ACE programme are under the supervision of a registered teacher with a current practising certificate, and are monitored by trained assistants who guide the marking and management of students’ work. Year 9 to 13 students take part in art lessons and information management lessons taught by specialist teachers.

All classroom teachers are registered and hold practising certificates. They share a commitment to the school’s Christian philosophy. The quality of tuition is consistent with the standards outlined in the teachers’ handbook and is monitored by the senior teacher.

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

3 Other Obligations

There are good systems in place for the school’s managing body to be assured that its other statutory obligations are met.

4 Conclusion

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

Dale Bailey Deputy Chief Review Officer Northern

26 June 2015

School Statistics

Location

Flatbush, Auckland

Ministry of Education profile number

52

School type

Composite (Years 1 to 15)

School roll

120

Gender composition

Girls 52% Boys 48%

Ethnic composition

This school does not record information about ethnicity

Review team on site

June 2015

Date of this report

26 June 2015

Most recent ERO report(s)

Private School Review

Private School Review

Private School Review

June 2011

May 2008

May 2005