Hebron Christian College (Auckland) - 16/08/2013

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 —

  1. has premises that are suitable, as described in section 35D; and
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. has equipment that is suitable for the curriculum being delivered or to be delivered at the school; and
  5. has a curriculum for teaching, learning, and assessment and makes details of the curriculum and its programme for delivery available for parents; and
  6. has suitable tuition standards, as described in section 35F; and
  7. has managers who are fit and proper persons (as described in section 35G) to be managers of a private school.

Hebron Christian College is a fully registered, private, co-educational school in Mt Albert, Auckland. It provides for students from Year 1 to Year 13. The school is in its 34th year of operation and currently has a roll limit of 350 students. The school is managed by its own trust board, known as the Biblical Education Services Trust.

The school’s operations, teaching and curriculum are Christ-centred and Bible-based.

2 Criteria for Registration

The school meets the requirement to have a suitable curriculum. The curriculum is very well communicated to parents in school publications and through a comprehensive, user-friendly website. Reports to parents about their children’s learning and achievement in National Standards are well designed and informative.

Students achieve very well in National Standards in reading, writing and mathematics. Student achievement in National Certificates of Educational Achievement (NCEA) is high and includes substantial proportions of students gaining merit and excellence endorsements and university entrance.

Distinctive features of the curriculum are the school’s high expectations for every student to achieve excellence, its inclusiveness, and parent and community involvement. Students with special needs and abilities are very well catered for, as are students who do not have English as their first language. Economically and socially disadvantaged students are well supported. The school partners with parents to meet the unique needs of each child. Community volunteers are valued members of the school community and their contribution includes careers guidance and counselling services.

The school has suitable standards of tuition. Effective teaching is reflected in the settled and purposeful classroom environments. Students are well behaved and quickly develop a strong work ethic. Teachers provide well planned learning programmes that are enriched by the school’s special character and the many co-curricular activities, especially music and performing arts. The inclusion of Māori language and culture is a growing aspect of the school curriculum.

The school has knowledgeable and qualified teachers who are open to new ideas that will benefit student learning and achievement. All teachers are registered. Provisionally registered teachers are well mentored and supported. The New Zealand Teachers Council criteria for teacher registration and the renewal of practising certificates are being incorporated into the appraisal system. Both teaching and non-teaching staff demonstrate a high level of commitment to supporting each child’s personal growth and development, learning and achievement.

The school is well equipped for teaching and learning. A noteworthy feature is the provision and use of information technologies. This has resulted in efficient and effective school administration and communications with the community. The use of information technologies for e-learning is likely to become more prevalent in classrooms as more teachers build their knowledge and skills in this area.

The imposing historic homestead, well kept buildings and attractive grounds support student learning and achievement. The contributions of past and present trustees, staff, parents, students and volunteers have created an appealing environment well suited to the size of the school and the delivery of its curriculum.

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

3 Other Statutory 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 a signatory of 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. ERO’s investigations confirmed that the school’s self-review process for international students is thorough.

At the time of this review there were eight international students attending the school. These students are very well cared for. They receive high levels of pastoral care and learning support, including English language support. Their progress is well monitored so that they achieve their academic goals. Where applicable, their accommodation is closely monitored. International students are well integrated into the school community.

5 Conclusion

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

Graham Randell

National Manager Review Services

Northern Region (Acting)

16 August 2013

About the School

Location

Mount Albert, Auckland

Ministry of Education profile number

73

School type

Composite (Years 1 to 15)

School roll

228

Number of international students

8

Gender composition

Girls 54%

Boys 46%

Ethnic composition

NZ European/Pākehā

Māori

Chinese

Other Asian

Pacific

Indian

Other European

Other

49%

2%

16%

12%

10%

7%

3%

1%

Review team on site

June 2013

Date of this report

16 August 2013

Most recent ERO report(s)

Private School Review

Private School Review

Private School Review

March 2010

May 2007

June 2004