Carey College - 23/05/2019


On the basis of the information obtained during the review, ERO considers that Carey College 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.

ERO reviews of private schools are significantly different in process and more limited in scope and reporting than those for state and state-integrated schools, focusing as they do on the Criteria for Registration set out in section 35C of the Education Act.

Section 35I of the Education Act 1989 requires the Education Review Office (ERO) to review private schools and to report to the Ministry of Education on whether each school continues to meet the criteria for registration. The schools are privately owned and the legislative requirements are significantly different to those for state and state-integrated schools. Private schools are not required to follow the National Education Goals or National Administration Guidelines.

What does apply in place of the legislation imposed upon state schools by the Education Act is the contract between the persons paying for the tuition of the child at the school - the parents - and the school authority. Those are matters between the parent and the school’s governing body. More information about ERO reviews of private schools can be found on ERO’s website

The criteria for registration are that the school:

a) has premises that are suitable, as described in section 35D; and

b) usually provides tuition for 9 or more students who are of or over the age of 5 years but are under the age of 16 years; and

c) has staffing that is suitable to the age range and level of its students, the curriculum taught at the school, and the size of the school; and

d) has equipment that is suitable for the curriculum being delivered or to be delivered at the school; and

e) has a curriculum for teaching, learning, and assessment and makes details of the curriculum and its programme for delivery available for parents; and

f) has suitable tuition standards, as described in section 35F; and

g )has managers who are fit and proper persons (as described in section 35G) to be managers of a private school.

2 Criteria for Registration

Carey College continues to provide suitable staffing, tuition, curriculum, premises and equipment.

The school meets the curriculum criterion for registration. The school’s intent of ‘nurturing in excellence and knowledge' is developed through a curriculum that is aligned and integrated with the Cambridge International Curriculum at all levels of the school.

Fostering students’ understanding of a sense of care for oneself, each other, and the community is central to the curriculum. Parents are well informed about the curriculum and its intentions and goals. They have regular formal and informal opportunities to engage with teachers about their child’s progress and achievement over time. Senior students are supported in identifying and pursuing relevant learning pathways.

The school has suitable standards for tuition across the curriculum. Teachers know their students well and personalise programmes appropriately for their individual learning requirements in multi-level classrooms. Formal structured teaching, complemented by individual attention from teachers, provides students with clarity about learning and behaviour expectations. Relationships between teachers and students are positive and respectful.

Staffing is suitable for the size of the school and the range of age levels of the students. The school employs registered teachers with a commitment to the Christian ethos of the school. Relevant professional development opportunities support teachers to grow their practice, both personally and collectively. The school uses the skills of experienced tutors and accesses external providers to support learning programmes as required.

The school premises and equipment are suitable for delivering the school’s curriculum and catering for the numbers and age range of students. The school is well equipped to support practical classes, particularly in sciences and visual arts. Information and communication technologies are used flexibly throughout students’ personalised programmes. The school’s resources are complemented by access to and use of community facilities.

The school’s managers have attested that they comply with the provision of section 35G with respect to 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 Other Matters

Provision for international students

The school is signatory to the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016 (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, one international student was attending the school. International students are well supported in their academic progress and achievement through a personalised approach. They are well integrated into all aspects of the school community.


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

Steve Tanner

Director Review and Improvement Services Northern

Northern Region

23 May 2019

About the School


Panmure, Auckland

Ministry of Education profile number


School type

Composite (Years 1 to 15)

School roll


Number of international students


Gender composition

Boys 9 Girls 6

Ethnic composition

The school did not provide this information

The Education Counts website notes there were 14 Asian, and 5 NZ European/Pākehā students enrolled at the school in 2018

Review team on site

April 2019

Date of this report

23 May 2019

Most recent ERO report(s)

Private School Review
Private School Review
Private School Review

April 2014
November 2010
December 2007