Queen Margaret College - 04/02/2021

Findings

On the basis of the information obtained during the review, ERO considers that Queen Margaret College meets the criteria for registration as a private school set out in clauses 2 to 6 Schedule 7 of the Education and Training Act 2020.

Introduction

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 clauses 2 to 6, Schedule 7 of the Education and Training Act 2020.

Clause 9, Schedule 7 of the Education and Training Act requires the Education Review Office (ERO) to review private schools and to report to the Secretary for Education on whether each school meets the criteria for registration.

More information about ERO reviews of private schools can be found on ERO’s website https://www.ero.govt.nz/how-ero-reviews/ero-reviews-of-schools-and-kura/private-and-independent-schools/.

The criteria for registration are that the school —

a) has premises that are suitable, as described in clause 3, Schedule 7; 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 [clause 2(b), Schedule 7); 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 (clause 2(c), Schedule 7; and
d) has equipment that is suitable for the curriculum being delivered or to be delivered at the school (clause 2(d) Schedule 7); 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 clauses 2(e),(f) and 5, Schedule 7; and
g) has managers who are fit and proper persons (as described in clause 6, Schedule 7) to be managers of a private school; and
h) is a physically and emotionally safe place for students (clause 2(h), Schedule 7).

When an ERO report identifies an area within the criteria for registration that is not meeting the criteria at the time of the ERO review, that will be reported, the Ministry will be informed and the Ministry will follow up the issue with the school.

ERO’s Judgement

a) The school has premises that are suitable as described in clause 3, Schedule 7;

Meeting

b) The school 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

Meeting

c) The school 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

Meeting

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

Meeting

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

Meeting

f) The school has suitable tuition standards as described in clauses 2(e), (f) and 5, Schedule 7

Meeting

g) The school has managers who are fit and proper persons (as described in clause 6, Schedule 7) to 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.

The school’s manager has attested that they comply with the provisions of section 35G in respect to their being a fit and proper person to manage the school.

h) The school is a physically and emotionally safe place for students

A safe place is one in which risks to student safety are regularly assessed and evaluated with a view to eliminating, or at least reducing, harm. A safe place is one where clear policies exist and are acted upon to eliminate or minimise harm.

ERO’s judgement is based on the quality, intent and regular review of the school’s policies and procedures.

The school has regularly reviewed policies and procedures to provide for a physically and emotionally safe place for students.

Conclusion

On the basis of the information obtained during the review, ERO considers that Queen Margaret College meets the criteria for registration as a private school set out in clauses 2 to 6 Schedule 7 of the Education and Training Act 2020.

Other Matters

Provision for international students

The school is a signatory to the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016 established under section 534 of the Education and Training Act 2020. The school has attested that it complies with all aspects of the Code and has completed an annual self-review of its implementation of the Code.

At the time of this review there were 28 international students attending the school.

The school's annual self-review process is effective. A range of stakeholder perspectives are gathered to inform sustained improvement. Processes for orientation to the school are well considered. Students’ pastoral and wellbeing needs are well supported. All international students gain the National Certificate of Educational Achievement or International Baccalaureate qualifications.

Students are actively involved in the life of the school and participate in a range of sporting, cultural and social activities both in the school and the wider community.

Provision for students in the school hostel

The school hostel, Queen Margaret House, accommodates 34 students, 5% of the school roll. It is owned by Queen Margaret College Incorporated. The hostel owner has attested that all the requirements of the Hostel Regulations are met. 

ERO reviews the extent to which the hostel provides a safe physical and emotional environment that supports learning for students accommodated in hostels. 

Queen Margaret House is a purpose-built boarding establishment licensed for 42 students from Years 7 to 13. It is situated on the Queen Margaret College school site. It was opened in January 2018. This is its first ERO review. 

Students who board at Queen Margaret House range from Years 7 to 13. Some are international students. Students are either five or seven day a week boarders.

Hostel students are well provided for. The board and hostel manager have developed systems and processes to manage and support students’ physical and emotional safety to enable them to learn and progress at the school. 

Queen Margaret House provides: 

  • a ‘home away from home’ 
  • a range of opportunities for students to attend events and activities beyond the school  
  • close monitoring of students’ physical and emotional wellbeing. 

There is effective communication and there are positive relationships between hostel management staff and school leaders, centred around provision for hostel students and their learning. There are clearly articulated expectations for hostel students. These are well-known and followed by students. The planned upcoming survey of hostel parents/caregivers and students will provide valuable information to inform future hostel developments.         

Dr Lesley Patterson

Director Review and Improvement Services (Southern)

Southern Region - Te Tai Tini

4 February 2021

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