Chertsey School - 13/03/2020

School Context

Chertsey School is a contributing primary school in Mid-Canterbury catering for students in Years 1 to 6. It has a roll of 28 students, three of whom identify as Māori.

The school’s vision is for students to be well-educated learners who reflect the school’s ‘CHAMP’ values. These are to be cooperative and connected, to have an open mind, to aim high and achieve, to be motivated, and to persevere. To support the school’s vision and values, the current strategic goals include increasing a sense of belonging and involvement in the school for the whole community, and ensuring a high quality and diverse learning and physical environment.

The school has a mixture of experienced and newly-elected trustees.

The school set specific annual targets for 2019 in relation to literacy and mathematics.

Leaders and teachers regularly report to the board, schoolwide information about outcomes for students in the following areas:

  • achievement and progress in reading, writing and mathematics
  • students with additional learning needs
  • student wellbeing for success.

The school is part of the Opuke Kāhui Ako|Community of Learning.   

Evaluation Findings

1 Equity and excellence – achievement of valued outcomes for students

1.1 How well is the school achieving equitable and excellent outcomes for all its students?

The school is achieving equitable and excellent outcomes for the majority of its students.

School achievement information for 2017 to mid-year 2019 shows that the majority of students achieve at or above expected curriculum levels in reading, writing and mathematics. However, this shows a fluctuating picture of achievement between girls and boys during this time, particularly in writing and mathematics.

Wellbeing survey data for 2019 shows that almost all students feel they belong at the school and that students and teachers care about each other.

1.2 How well is the school accelerating learning for those Māori and other students who need this?

The school is accelerating learning for most students who need this. School information for 2017 to 2018 shows that most priority learners who needed additional support made accelerated progress in reading and writing, and the majority made accelerated progress in mathematics.

2 School conditions for equity and excellence – processes and practices

2.1 What school processes and practices are effective in enabling achievement of equity and excellence, and acceleration of learning?

Students benefit from responsive, inclusive and caring learning environments that effectively address their learning and wellbeing needs. Classrooms are well-resourced and inviting environments where student work is celebrated. There are increasing occasions for students to take ownership of their learning. Senior students have opportunities to demonstrate leadership and run whole school activities. Priority students are effectively identified, supported with interventions, and their ongoing progress is monitored and reported. Positive, strong and reciprocal learning relationships between teachers and students are clearly evident and uphold the school values.

The values are highly evident, understood and enacted at all levels of the school. Well-developed systems and processes support teaching and learning programmes. Students are given sufficient opportunities to work at their own pace and apply their learning to purposeful activities.

Leaders demonstrate reflective thinking and use self-review tools to provide the board with good quality information to support decision making. Trustees, leaders and teachers share a focus on student wellbeing and achievement. They work collaboratively to resource programmes to support positive student outcomes. Leaders support teacher engagement in individual inquiry topics and a range of professional learning opportunities. As a result, teachers are developing useful frameworks to reflect on their practice and increase their capability and capacity.

2.2 What further developments are needed in school processes and practices for achievement of equity and excellence, and acceleration of learning?

Internal evaluation needs to be strengthened. The use of internal evaluation at all levels of the school needs to identify what is working for students’ learning and prioritise where improvements are needed.

Differentiated approaches and themes within the curriculum enable students to engage in relevant topics. The school has identified, and ERO agrees, that they should further develop and review the curriculum. This is to ensure it reflects the local context, effective teaching and learning strategies, including moderation and bicultural practices.

Board members are developing a shared understanding of their roles as trustees.

3 Board Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the board and principal of the school completed the ERO board assurance statement and self-audit checklists. In these documents they attested that they had taken all reasonable steps to meet their legislative obligations related to the following:

  • board administration
  • curriculum
  • management of health, safety and welfare
  • personnel management
  • finance
  • asset management.

During the review, ERO checked the following items because they have a potentially high impact on student safety and wellbeing:

  • emotional safety of students (including prevention of bullying and sexual harassment)
  • physical safety of students
  • teacher registration and certification
  • processes for appointing staff
  • stand down, suspension, expulsion and exclusion of students
  • attendance
  • school policies in relation to meeting the requirements of the Children’s Act 2014.

4 ERO’s Overall Judgement

On the basis of the findings of this review, ERO’s overall evaluation judgement of Chertsey School’s performance in achieving valued outcomes for its students is: Developing

ERO’s Framework: Overall Findings and Judgement Tool derived from School Evaluation Indicators: Effective Practice for Improvement and Learner Success is available on ERO’s website.

5 Going forward

Key strengths of the school

For sustained improvement and future learner success, the school can draw on existing strengths in:

  • reciprocal relationships that ensure teachers and leaders have an extensive knowledge of individual students
  • a values focused approach to all aspects of learning relationships
  • leadership practices with a focus on improving outcomes for learners and the community.

Next steps

For sustained improvement and future learner success, priorities for further development are in:

  • the use of internal evaluation to know the effectiveness of teaching and learning programmes
  • developing a curriculum to reflect current and future-focused practice.

ERO recommends that the New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA) consider providing support for the school in order to bring about improvement to:

  • strengthen knowledge for new trustees in governance systems and practices.

Dr Lesley Patterson

Director Review and Improvement Services Te Tai Tini

Southern Region

13 March 2020

About the school



Ministry of Education profile number


School type

Contributing primary (Years 1-6)

School roll


Gender composition

Female 16, Male 12

Ethnic composition

Māori 3
NZ European/Pākehā 24
Other Ethnicities 1

Students with Ongoing Resourcing Funding (ORS)


Provision of Māori medium education


Review team on site

November 2019

Date of this report

13 March 2020

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review August 2016
Education Review June 2012