Iqra Academy - 18/01/2017

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 private schools between 6 and 12 months after they have been provisionally registered, and to report to the Ministry of Education for the Secretary to consider full registration.

This ERO review follows the provisional registration of the school by the Ministry of Education in February 2016, and focuses on whether the school now meets the criteria for full registration as a private school.

2 Criteria for Registration

Iqra Academy is a new school, located in Mt Roskill, Auckland, and was established to provide education in an Islamic environment. The school opened in February 2016 and currently caters for children in Years 1 and 2. The establishment phase of the school’s development is being well managed by the establishment board and principal.

The school provides suitable premises, equipment, curriculum, staffing and tuition.

The school’s premises are suitable to support curriculum delivery and meet the learning needs of current student numbers and ages. Classroom spaces are appropriate for the numbers and ages of children attending. There is space for storage of resources and equipment. Safety and evacuation procedures are well known and practised.

Teaching equipment and resources are appropriate to the age of students and of good quality. They include resources in Arabic and English, some of which have been developed by staff. Resources are well used to support the current teaching and learning needs, and the school’s managing body has planned strategically for future growth.

A priority for the board is to create facilities for physical activity, play and learning opportunities, to further enhance the premises and equipment. The development of an existing area is underway. The board is also exploring fencing in the carpark area to address a potential traffic hazard for families dropping off and picking up children. The board is actively seeking options for extended or new premises within the next two years to cater for the ongoing growth of the school.

The school provides an Islamic-based curriculum that is clearly aligned with the learning areas and the key competencies of The New Zealand Curriculum (NZC). The programme includes Islamic studies and Arabic language. An integrated approach supports good use of time and a balanced programme, with a particular focus on literacy and mathematics.

Staff are already developing good systems to assess and monitor children’s learning, and to report to parents and to the board. They are working towards the use of the National Standards in reading, writing and mathematics. Ongoing development of the school’s curriculum is well considered, to cater for current students, for older students in future years, and to provide a coherent transition to future learning. School leaders are now considering ways to implement more formal curriculum review.

The school enjoys high levels of parent involvement and support. Comprehensive information is provided for families about the school and children’s learning. Parents have many opportunities to contribute to and comment on school practices and curriculum programmes.

The school provides suitable staffing and standards of tuition. All current teachers are trained and hold either full or provisional New Zealand Teacher Registration. They are all Muslim and are fluent in both Arabic and English. Classroom environments include the use of English, Arabic and te reo Māori. Teachers are committed to the school’s special character. Positive, respectful interactions are evident between students, and with students and adults. Students are well engaged in their learning.

The establishment board is clear about its role in supporting school development and operations. Appropriate policies and procedures are in place and continue to be reviewed as they are implemented and personalised to the school’s context. The board is making good use of external support with governance processes, including developing formalised systems for future policy review.

The principal has initiated good foundation practices for teacher appraisal, and plans to seek guidance to extend these. Professional development is well implemented and planning is in place for ongoing development in the areas of curriculum, staffing and tuition.

The school’s managers have attested that they comply with the provisions of section 35G in respect to their being fit and proper person(s) 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 Iqra Academy meets the criteria for registration as a private school set out in the Education Act 1989. 

Graham Randell

Deputy Chief Review Officer Northern

18 January 2017

About the School 

Location

Mount Roskill, Auckland

Ministry of Education profile number

744

School type

Contributing (Years 1 to 6)

School roll

36

Gender composition

Boys 20 Girls 16

Ethnic composition

Middle Eastern

Indian

African

Chinese

Sri Lankan

Fijian

other Asian

14

4

2

2

2

1

11

Review team on site

November 2016

Date of this report

18 January 2017

Most recent ERO report(s)

No previous ERO reports