St Peter's School (Cambridge) - 23/02/2012

Findings

On the basis of the information obtained during the review, ERO considers that St Peter's School (Cambridge) meets the criteria for registration as a private school set out in the Education Act 1989.

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.

St Peter’s School (Cambridge) is a private co-educational school located in the rural area north west of Cambridge. The school is governed by a trust and is affiliated to the Anglican Church. It caters for boarding and day students in Years 7 to 13 who come from many different places in New Zealand and overseas. The school celebrated its 75th Jubilee in 2011.

The school philosophy of ‘Body, Mind and Spirit’, underpins an holistic approach to the education of students. The school’s special Anglican character is promoted by all staff and the school’s curriculum encourages students to develop a wider knowledge of other world religions. A major school goal is to create a highly effective learning environment that prepares students for living, learning, leading and serving in a global world. School sporting and cultural facilities are shared with many local schools and community groups.

2 Criteria for Registration

St Peter’s School (Cambridge) provides suitable premises and equipment to support student learning, engagement, progress and achievement. The strategic direction of the Trust Board is focused on improving and maintaining a cohesive and consistent approach to building design. Attractively presented classroom blocks, administration and sports facilities are set in spacious and well-maintained grounds. Ongoing property development continues to enrich the school environment, the most recent additions being the library information centre, English teaching block and a heated swimming pool. Trustees are well advised and guided by school leadership to ensure that students have access to high quality equipment and resources to support many sporting and cultural activities offered in the school curriculum.

The school continues to provide suitable staffing in a wide range of curriculum and extra-curriculum areas. There is a good balance of experienced and provisionally registered teachers. The principal and senior management team work collaboratively to support teachers in the implementation of learning programmes that support student learning, engagement, progress and achievement. They have clear school goals and expectations for teachers to promote student success in their learning. Appropriate professional learning and development, and a suitable staff appraisal programme guide teacher growth and expertise.

Teachers demonstrate high levels of knowledge and enthusiasm for their subjects and continue to deliver a suitable curriculum using effective strategies to engage students in meaningful learning. High expectations for learning and success underpin the school’s culture. Student achievement is celebrated and leadership is encouraged. Learning occurs in calm, settled environments where positive, caring relationships among staff and students are highly evident.

The school’s managers have attested that they comply with the provisions of section 35G, in respect to 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

St Peter's School (Cambridge) provides an excellent standard of quality care and tuition for its international students (IS) who attend the school. Most IS students [95%] are hostel boarders and have access to the school’s extensive range of sporting, cultural, pastoral and guidance facilities. The IS department is well led by an experienced manager who ensures that all aspects of student life are carefully monitored and managed. The school has two qualified English second language (ESOL) teachers who provide effective tutoring to raise students’ skills in English. International students expressed their enjoyment about being part of the school community and stated that their interactions with their peers are academically and culturally rewarding, and that their pastoral care needs are met.

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 review there were 56 international students attending the school.

The school has attested that it complies with all aspects of the Code.

ERO confirms that the school’s self-review process for international students is well documented, reflective and thorough.

Provision for students in the school hostel

St Peter’s School (Cambridge) boarding hostel is divided into eight houses, each of which is managed by a House Director, matron and associated house staff. The hostel accommodates 415 students, 40 % of the school roll. It is owned by the St Peter’s School Trust Board.

Specific features of the hostel include:

  • very high standards of hostel care for male and female boarders on the school campus
  • an efficient and professional hostel director overseeing a comprehensive set of documented hostel policies and procedures, which are made clearly known to all parents and hostel boarders. Under the supervision of the director, hostel staff are committed to the welfare of students and are diligent in undertaking their supervisory duties.
  • close liaison between the hostel director, principal and staff to ensure that all hostel students are provided with a safe physical and emotional environment that supports educational learning for students within the school at all year levels
  • hostel students being able to access all sporting, cultural and social opportunities, which are a feature of the St Peter's School (Cambridge) campus.

Conclusion

On the basis of the information obtained during the review, ERO considers that St Peter's School (Cambridge) meets the criteria for registration as a private school set out in the Education Act 1989.

Makere Smith National Manager Review Services Northern Region

23 February 2012

About the School

Location

Cambridge

Ministry of Education profile number

141

School type

Secondary (Years 7 to 13)

Decile

10

School roll

1036

Number of international students

56

Gender composition

Girls 53% Boys 47%

Ethnic composition

NZ European/Pākehā

NZ Māori

Other European

Other Asian

Indian

South East Asian

Chinese

Other

Pacific

78%

4%

8%

3%

2%

2%

1.5%

1%

0.5%

Review team on site

October 2011

Date of this report

23 February 2012

Most recent ERO report(s)

Private School Review

Private School Review

Accountability Review

January 2009

April 2006

October 2002