Pinehurst School - 13/06/2011

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


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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

Pinehurst School is a co-educational private school that continues to provide students with very good quality education. The school campus features a blend of architectural designs set in welcoming, park-like grounds. Students from across the greater Auckland region attend the school. Pinehurst School encompasses three schools: Primary (Years 1 to 6), Junior College (Years 7 to 9) and College (Years 10- to 13) and is well led and managed by the executive principal.

The Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) curriculum and examination programme provides the basis for teaching and learning in Years 4 to 13. The Cambridge International Checkpoint Programme (CIPP) is implemented in Years 4 to 9, and for science teaching in Year 3. Students in Years 1 to 3 follow The New Zealand Curriculum.

The school provides suitable premises, staffing, equipment and standards of tuition. Students across the school enjoy small class sizes that enable individual teacher support. Students are well engaged in learning. Teachers are suitably qualified and use a range of teaching styles and good quality resources to engage students. Students respond positively to teachers’ high expectations for their achievement and success and continue to achieve at high levels across the school.

Students are recognised as capable leaders and learners. The Pinehurst School values-based curriculum emphasises respect for self and others and provides students with a broad educational programme, complemented by experiences in music, sport and cultural activities. Numerous opportunities to develop student leadership skills are evident at most year levels in the school. Senior leaders and teachers have worked well together within the CIE framework to structure an effective, sequential programme to build on students’ developing knowledge and skills during their time at the school. Local and international community service, leadership and participation in sport are impressive features of the programme.

Programmes of learning are carefully monitored and regularly reviewed to improve learning outcomes for students. As a result of curriculum review, the school has employed specialist subject teachers at many levels of the primary school and junior college. Senior leaders refer to the ‘Pinehurst triangle’ as the key to student success. This triangle underpins sound relationships, good communication and shared goal setting between students, teachers and parents. The importance of New Zealand’s bicultural heritage is acknowledged through a growing partnership with parents of Māori students.

Experienced and reflective staff continue to improve their knowledge and teaching. They participate in appropriate professional learning opportunities based on current good educational practice. Ongoing reflection and support through performance management systems, which are well aligned with the school’s strategic goals, enable teachers to improve their teaching practice.

The senior college leadership team has recently been restructured to provide more effective pastoral and curriculum guidance for students. Ongoing review of school systems has resulted in the planned inclusion of Year 9 into the senior college for 2012. Continued additions and improvements to buildings and amenities, including the new drama and music suites, and refurbishment of the three schools, enhance student learning. Students speak appreciatively of the availability and ongoing focus on information and communication technologies. The newly introduced Learning Management System (LMS) in Years 7 to 13, and interactive whiteboards throughout the school, enhance classroom practice, make teaching resources easily accessible, and support students’ engagement in learning.

The school’s manager has attested that she complies with the provisions of section 35G of the Education Act 1989 with respect to being a fit and proper person to manage a private school.

3. Other Statutory Obligations

Good systems are in place to enable the school’s managing body to be assured that it meets its statutory obligations.

4. Other Matters

Provision for international students

The school 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. At the time of this ERO review, 49 international students were attending the school.

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.

The director of international students provides effective leadership for the team with responsibility for international students’ enrolment, welfare and accommodation. The team works closely with teachers, families and homestay providers to help ensure high quality pastoral care, and students’ involvement in and integration into the wider life of the school community. Appropriate English language support is provided in response to student needs. Good monitoring and reporting systems, and a wide range of support mechanisms, are in place to promote student progress and achievement.

5. Conclusion

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

Richard Thornton

National Manager Review Services Northern Region

13 June 2011

About the School


Albany, Auckland

Ministry of Education profile number


School type

Composite (Years 1 to 13)



School roll


Number of international students


Gender composition

Girls 51%, Boys 49%

Ethnic composition

NZ European/Pākehā







Other Asian











Review team on site

May 2011

Date of this report

13 June 2011

Most recent ERO report(s)

Private School Review

Private School Review

Accountability Review

April 2008

April 2005

March 2002

1 School deciles range from 1 to 10. Decile 1 schools draw their students from low socio-economic communities and at the other end of the range, decile 10 schools draw their students from high socio-economic communities. Deciles are used to provide funding to state and state integrate schools. The lower the school’s decile the more funding it receives. A school’s decile is in no way linked to the quality of education it provides