St Paul's Collegiate (Hamilton)

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Education institution number:
130
School type:
Secondary (Year 9-15)
School gender:
Senior Co-ed; Junior Boys
Definition:
School with Boarding Facilities
Total roll:
784
Telephone:
Address:

77 Hukanui Road, Chartwell, Hamilton

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Findings

On the basis of the information obtained during the review, ERO considers that St Paul's Collegiate (Hamilton) 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.

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 www.ero.govt.nz/Reviews-Process.

The criteria for registration are that the school —

a)has premises that are suitable, as described in section 35D; 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; 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; and

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

ehas 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 section 35F; and

g)has managers who are fit and proper persons (as described in section 35G) to be managers of a private school.

2 Criteria for Registration

Suitable Premises and Equipment

The school continues to meet the private school registration criteria with regard to suitable premises and equipment.

There is a well-considered, strategic approach to managing and upgrading premises and equipment. Since the previous ERO review in 2012 particular features have been:

  • the development of the Gallagher Agri-business centre of excellence
  • extensive upgrades to the hostel facilities
  • improvements to the Tīhoi Venture School, located on the Western side of Lake Taupō, and modernisation and building of classrooms on the Hamilton campus, some of which have been constructed by students
  • a new music centre that is currently under construction
  • continuing investment in the school’s digital infrastructure.

The board and senior leaders continue to provide a high quality physical environment that promotes learning and wellbeing.

Suitable Staffing and Tuition Standards

The school continues to meet its registration requirements with regard to suitable staffing and tuition. All teachers are certificated.

The school has a culture of high expectations for teachers and students. Teachers establish positive learning partnerships with students, which are supported by their close involvement in both curricular and co-curricular activities. Teachers have strong subject knowledge and depth of experience in successful teaching.

Examples of effective teaching practice observed by ERO include:

  • meaningful feedback and feedforward for students about their progress
  • many opportunities to revisit and consolidate new learning
  • ensuring that students have a clear understanding of the purpose and content of their lessons
  • effective use of digital technology to personalise learning and encourage collaboration
  • interactive discussions that challenge students’ thinking.

Teachers regularly share successful teaching strategies across curriculum areas. Many teachers actively contribute to regional and national education organisations.

Curriculum for Teaching Learning and Assessment

The school continues to deliver a broad and rich curriculum based on its 'our cornerstones' which are academic, sporting, cultural and spiritual endeavour. The Christian ethos provided by the Anglican Church continues to underpin the positive tone and culture of the school, and is particularly reflected in a meaningful programme of service to the local community and international areas of need. In addition, close partnerships with parents contribute to a strong community of learning.

A deliberate emphasis on student wellbeing is supported by the comprehensive pastoral care systems and programmes that promote character education and self-awareness. Tīhoi Venture School is central to the school’s curriculum. It offers a wide range of challenging outdoor education and leadership experiences that encourage independence and self confidence.

Curriculum content is well managed in the interests of students. Continual revision and review has led to ongoing improvement and innovation. Examples include:

  • an agri-business programme, which has been introduced in collaboration with external contributors and is being shared in the wider education sector
  • practical, real-life learning experiences, such as engineering and construction
  • greater cross-curricular links to encourage deeper and more collaborative learning
  • a deliberate emphasis on life skills and key competencies
  • school-wide use of a very effective programme for improving literacy and thinking across the curriculum.

Students with diverse learning needs are well supported and affirmed, and strongly encouraged to be self-managing learners. This is particularly evident in the Learning Enhancement Unit. Students are being well prepared to become active and successful participants in the modern economy.

The school is increasingly meeting national aspirations to become more visibly and positively bicultural.

The school has high expectations for student achievement. In the senior school a range of systems and programmes contribute to close tracking and monitoring of individual student progress and achievement. These include mentoring, fortnightly reports to parents, and regular staff discussions about student needs. Students are encouraged to believe in their abilities and achieve their aspirations. As a result, there are high levels of NCEA achievement and endorsements. In addition, a high number of scholarships are awarded across the curriculum. In 2016 all Māori students achieved qualifications relevant to their year levels.

Teachers use a wide range of nationally referenced and informal assessments to identify the needs of students in Years 9 and 10. This information is used to determine class groupings and inform teaching programmes. Teachers regularly discuss the progress of these students along with strategies to enhance their learning. Students report that teachers take an active interest in their individual progress and achievement.

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. Highly effective distributed leadership has led to ongoing critical reflection and improvement. Clear alignment and communication of school-wide vision, values and priorities results in effective change management and collaborative professional learning. The school is well-supported by well-informed and actively involved trustees who bring a range of relevant skills and expertise to their roles and provide strong support for the school.

Senior leaders agree that areas for review and development include:

  • reviewing and refining annual target setting within curriculum areas and the annual plan
  • strengthening practices for assessment and reporting progress and achievement to the board for students in Years 9 and 10
  • further developing the understanding and implementation of teaching as inquiry with a focus on accelerating student progress
  • continuing to investigate ways to promote students’ ownership and leadership of their learning
  • increasing Māori content across the curriculum.

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 Other Matters

Provision for international students

The school is a signatory to the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016 (the Code) established under section 238F of the Education Act 1989. The school has attested that it complies with all aspects of the Code.

At the time of this ERO review there were 39 international students attending the school and no exchange students.

International Students continue to benefit from high quality education and comprehensive pastoral care. A significant number of international students achieve NCEA and other qualifications. English language tuition, where needed, is designed to specifically cater for individual learning needs. In order to more fully address the requirements of the 2016 code, teachers should now more closely assess all international students’ progress through the year and report overall trends and patterns to the board.

The International Student department is well led by an experienced coordinator and deputy principal, who effectively implement and oversee a range of appropriate monitoring and internal review systems. Students participate in a range of co-curricular activities. They, and in some cases their parents, are readily integrated into the school and its community.

Provision for students in the school hostel

The school hostel, St Paul’s Collegiate Hostels, accommodates 317 students, 45% of the school roll. It is owned by the Waikato Anglican College Trust. The hostel owner has attested that all the requirements of the Hostel Regulations are met.

Recent improvements include:

  • a five year programme of building upgrades of the boys’ hostels
  • a significant increase in staffing
  • the development of a comprehensive policy and systems framework to guide the work of the hostel masters.

Boarders spoken to by ERO reported they were happy and settled in a family-like environment. Regular surveys ensure that student and parent concerns are heard and responded to appropriately.

5 Conclusion

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

Lynda Pura-Watson

Deputy Chief Review Officer

23 March 2017

About the School

Location

Hamilton

Ministry of Education profile number

130

School type

Secondary (Years 9 to 13)

School roll

701

Number of international students

39

Gender composition

Boys 82% Girls 18%

Ethnic composition

Pākehā

Māori

Chinese

Indian

Other Asian

Other

Other European

Pacific

68%

12%

6%

4%

4%

2%

2%

2%

Special Features

Hostel

Review team on site

March 2017

Date of this report

23 March 2017

Most recent ERO report(s)

Private School Review

Private School Review

Private School Review

March 2012

May 2009

June 2006

 

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

St Paul’s Collegiate (Hamilton) provides and implements a broad-based, holistic curriculum. It is clearly articulated, documented and shared with all members of the college community. Important aspects of this curriculum include:

  • strong recognition and reinforcement of core Christian values consistent with the precepts of the Anglican faith
  • rigorous academic programmes closely aligned to The New Zealand Curriculum
  • challenging outdoor education and leadership experiences through the Tihoi Venture School
  • extensive sporting and cultural opportunities in which all students and staff are expected to participate and contribute
  • high-quality, inclusive, pastoral care networks, involving both day students and boarders, to support their social, physical and emotional well-being
  • high levels of effective support for students with identified academic needs and abilities
  • a strong house system that fosters leadership skills and promotes a sense of responsibility and service to others.

School managers have attested that the school complies with the provisions of section 35G, in respect to their being fit and proper persons to manage the school.

Suitable staffing and tuition standards:

St Paul’s Collegiate (Hamilton) provides suitable staffing and tuition standards for the delivery of its holistic curriculum. The trust board has carefully selected trustees to ensure there is a range of complementary skills and expertise to provide highly effective governance and strategic oversight for the college. The headmaster, appointed since the last ERO review, is providing effective professional leadership and a strong sense of purpose and direction. He is well supported by the senior leadership team, curriculum and pastoral leaders, and staff. Leaders have identified, through effective self review, the need to further develop the use of student achievement information to guide programme planning and delivery at classroom and department levels.

Teachers act as positive and effective role models, by setting high expectations of themselves and their students. They get to know students and their families well, and teachers make extensive contributions to co- and extra-curricular activities. Teachers establish high-quality, mutually affirming and respectful relationships with students. This results in settled and purposeful classrooms with high levels of student engagement. Students enjoy significant success in academic, sporting, cultural and special character aspects of the curriculum.

An effective professional learning and development programme for teachers links closely to the school’s strategic priorities. Its ongoing foci are best practice for teaching boys and girls, increasing the effective use of information and communication technologies (ICT), and the application of thinking strategies in student learning. Staff plan thoroughly, and are developing as reflective and collegial practitioners. The headmaster and staff also recognise the importance of continuing to build on recent initiatives, such as the school haka and the increased use of te reo Māori in ceremonies and worship, that are giving greater acknowledgement to New Zealand’s bicultural heritage.

Suitable premises and equipment:

St Paul’s Collegiate (Hamilton) provides suitable premises and equipment to support the delivery of its broad-based curriculum. There is an ongoing programme of building upgrade and development, including boys’ boarding facilities, and recent significant investment in ICT infrastructure and resources. All aspects of the curriculum are generously resourced. Chapel of Christ the King and Tihoi Venture School are central to the school’s special character, programmes and values. Students benefit from access to expansive, attractively landscaped grounds, sports fields, and the pleasant physical environment.

3 Other Statutory Obligations

There are good systems in place for the school managing body to be assured that its other statutory obligations are met.

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 review there were 31 international students 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.

International students at St Paul’s Collegiate (Hamilton) learn in a positive environment, based on Christian values, and focuses on the development of each student. International students access the many sporting and cultural opportunities available and participate fully in the day-to-day life of the school. Effective systems support students’ learning and their social and emotional well-being.

Provision for students in the school hostel

St Paul’s Collegiate Hostels are owned by the Waikato Anglican College Trust. The roll has increased in 2011 and 2012, and there are currently 252 boarding students, representing approximately 37% of the school roll.

Findings:

Since the previous ERO review, a Boarding Administrator has been appointed, and leadership and administration of the boarding facilities, staff and students have been extensively reviewed.

Initiatives, including weekly formal dinners, regular house meetings and centralised prep for boys, have been established to further enhance and strengthen the cohesive boarding community.

Since the start of 2010, boarding accommodation has been extended to include Year 11 girls in Harington house.

Significant property upgrades have started and, at the time of this review, have included the dining room and Clark House.

5 Conclusion

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

Makere Smith

National Manager Review Services Northern Region (Acting)

28 May 2012

About the School

Location

Hamilton

Ministry of Education profile number

130

School type

Secondary (Years 9 to 13)

Decile

10

School roll

675

Number of international students

31

Gender composition

Boys 85% Girls 15%

Ethnic composition

NZ European/Pākehā

NZ Māori

Chinese

Indian

Pacific

Other European

South East Asian

Other

Other Asian

71%

9%

5%

5%

5%

3%

2%

2%

2%

Special Features

Tihoi Venture School

Review team on site

March 2012

Date of this report

28 May 2012

Most recent ERO report(s)

Private School Review

Private School Review

Accountability Review

May 2009

June 2006

January 2003