ACG Strathallan - 26/07/2016

Findings

On the basis of the information obtained during the review, ERO considers that ACG Strathallan 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

ACG Strathallan is a co-educational Year 1 to 15 school located on the Hingaia peninsula in Karaka, South Auckland. It is part of the Academic Colleges Group (ACG) of schools and draws students from a wide area. The school campus consists of a primary school for students in Years 1 to 6 and the college for Years 7 to 13. Both areas have purpose-built, modern and comfortable learning facilities for learners. The school also offers early childhood education on site.

Many students benefit from the opportunity to develop positive long term learning relationships with staff and with each other. Effective communication strategies support positive relationships with parents and whānau.

Strathallan continues to provide a suitable curriculum and the quality of tuition is high. Teachers are finding meaningful ways to incorporate New Zealand's cultural heritage and identity into units of work. Students value these opportunities to learn about te ao Māori and cultural diversity.

The primary school curriculum suitably blends The New Zealand Curriculum and the Cambridge International Primary programmes. There is a deliberate, well-chosen focus on literacy, mathematics and collaborative learning in the primary school. Specialised teaching is offered in the arts, science, languages (Spanish and Mandarin), and technology. Students appreciate and value the opportunities to engage in challenging learning that extends their thinking.

The college's curriculum in Years 7 to 15 continues to extend students through specialised learning subjects. The senior school continues to offer qualifications through the Cambridge International Examinations for the majority of students. Students' individual academic pathways are carefully planned to support them, including ongoing career guidance. The school is continuing to broaden pathways to respond to student interests.

Students with identified additional learning needs are supported through well-considered tuition and suitable staffing

Students appreciate the wider curriculum available through additional groups, sports and activities. These also offer students a wide range of leadership opportunities.

The school has very suitable premises, staffing, and equipment. Systems for property maintenance and health and safety are well established and guided by agreed ACG policies and procedures. Ongoing improvement and refurbishments continue to provide facilities that both support student learning and promote student wellbeing.

Suitable staffing and leaders are recruited to provide very good tuition including quality specialist subject support and high levels of pastoral care. All teachers are appropriately qualified and registered.

Teachers are very well supported to extend their professional expertise with relevant external and ongoing internal professional development, often through sharing within the ACG network of schools. The executive principal working collaboratively with other school leaders and the ACG executive has developed useful processes for teacher appraisal in light of the new Education Council requirements.

School 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

Very good systems are in place to assure the board that its statutory obligations are being met.

4 Other Matters

Provision for international students

The college 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 the review there were 92 students attending the school.

ERO's investigation confirmed the school's systems for reviewing its provision for international students are thorough and effective.

School leaders regularly monitor provision of students' academic progress and pastoral care. Students are involved at all levels of school life and enjoy the community and its resources for learning. They are able to become involved in a wide range of recreational and cultural pursuits. Many students receive specialised tuition and guidance to enter their preferred tertiary courses in New Zealand and abroad. Homestay families are very committed to the care and development of students. Many students are in long-term family placements which are well managed and supported.

5 Conclusion

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

Graham Randell

Deputy Chief Review Officer Northern

26 July 2016

About the School

Location

Papakura, Auckland

Ministry of Education profile number

441

School type

Private Composite (Years 1 to 15)

School roll

887

Number of international students

92

Gender composition

Boys 52% Girls 48%

Ethnic composition

Māori

Pākehā

other

2%

56%

41%

Review team on site

June 2016

Date of this report

26 July 2016

Most recent ERO report(s)

Private School Review

Private School Review

Private School Review

November 2011

November 2008

November 2005