Morrinsville School

Morrinsville School

Te Ara Huarau | School Profile Report


This Profile Report was written within 22 months of the Education Review Office and Morrinsville School working in Te Ara Huarau, an improvement evaluation approach used in most English Medium State and State Integrated Schools. For more information about Te Ara Huarau see ERO’s website


Morrinsville School is located in the rural Waikato township of Morrinsville within the boundaries of Ngāti Hauā, the local iwi. It provides education for students in Years 1 to 8.  An established leadership team continue in its role.

Morrinsville School’s strategic priorities for improving outcomes for learners are aligned to the National Education and Learning Priorities (NELP).  In 2022, under NELP 1, some of the strategic aims were that:

  • all children effectively access The New Zealand Curriculum | Te Marautanga as evidenced by strong achievement and progress against the curriculum levels | ngā taumata ako

  • children independently set some of their own learning goals and know what to do to achieve them

  • tō tātou kāinga | our place provides an environment where we can nurture each other, we help each other to grow and inspire each other to achieve beyond our expectations.

You can find a copy of the school’s strategic and annual plan on Morrinsville School’s website.

ERO and the school are working together to evaluate the extent to which the school’s curriculum is responsive to the aspirations of students, parents and whānau for improved outcomes for all students. 

The rationale for selecting this evaluation is:

  • to ensure the that the school curriculum reflects parent and whānau aspirations, including those of the local iwi, Ngāti Hauā, increasing students’ sense of belonging and engagement

  • to further strengthen the ways Māori students are empowered to succeed as Māori.

The school expects to see:

  • improved teaching of te reo Māori, tikanga Māori and Ngāti Hauātanga in classroom programmes for equitable outcomes

  • greater levels of student belonging and engagement leading to higher levels of progress and achievement.


The school can draw from the following strengths to support its goal to evaluate the extent to which the school’s curriculum is responding to the aspirations of students, parents, and whānau

  • a strong, clearly documented commitment to equity and to Māori students succeeding as Māori, that is visible in school systems and processes

  • well-articulated school values that underpin a strong, positive culture for learning

  • teachers use learning progressions to identify students’ next steps in learning and respond to these in their planning.

Where to next?

Moving forward, the school will prioritise:

  • reviewing the extent to which curriculum design aligns with current theory and best practice

  • continuing to strengthen relationships with Ngāti Hauā to better teach about local iwi history and tradition.

ERO’s role will be to support the school in its evaluation for improvement cycle to improve outcomes for all learners. ERO will support the school in reporting their progress to the community. The next public report on ERO’s website will be a Te Ara Huarau | School Evaluation Report and is due within three years.

Shelley Booysen
Director of Schools

19 July 2023 

About the School

The Education Counts website provides further information about the school’s student population, student engagement and student achievement.

Morrinsville School

Board Assurance with Regulatory and Legislative Requirements Report 2022 to 2025

As of August 2022, the Morrinsville School Board of Trustees has attested to the following regulatory and legislative requirements:

Board Administration




Management of Health, Safety and Welfare


Personnel Management






Further Information

For further information please contact Morrinsville School Board of Trustees.

The next Board of Trustees assurance that it is meeting regulatory and legislative requirements will be reported, along with the Te Ara Huarau | School Evaluation Report, within three years.

Information on ERO’s role and process in this review can be found on the Education Review Office website.

Shelley Booysen
Director of Schools

19 July 2023 

About the School

The Education Counts website provides further information about the school’s student population, student engagement and student achievement.

Morrinsville School

Provision for International Students Report


The Education Review Office reviews schools that are signatories to the Education (Pastoral Care of Tertiary and International Learners) Code of Practice 2021 established under section 534 of the Education and Training Act 2020.


Morrinsville School has attested that it complies with all aspects of the Code.

No international students were enrolled at the time of the ERO review.

Shelley Booysen
Director of Schools

19 July 2023 

About the School

The Education Counts website provides further information about the school’s student population, student engagement and student achievement.

Morrinsville School - 29/10/2018

School Context

Morrinsville School is a full primary school catering for students in Years 1 to 8. The current roll of 200 includes 108 students who identify as Māori. Many of these whakapapa to Ngāti Hauā, the local iwi.

The school aspires to be an inclusive community where students and their whānau can say it is ‘Our Place, Tō Tātou Kāinga’. The school values are nurture, whāngai; grow, whakatipu; inspire, whakamanawa.

Leaders and teachers regularly report to the board, school-wide information about outcomes for students in the following areas:

  • reading, writing, mathematics.

A long-serving principal and well-established senior team continue to lead the school. The chair of the board of trustees is also long serving. The board comprises experienced and new trustees. There has been a major focus in professional development for teachers on accelerating the acquisition of early literacy skills in 2017-18.

Evaluation Findings

1 Equity and excellence – achievement of valued outcomes for students

1.1 How well is the school achieving equitable and excellent outcomes for all its students?

The school is working towards achieving equitable and excellent outcomes for all of its students. Since 2015 the majority of students have achieved at or above national expectations in reading, writing and mathematics. Boys underachieved in relation to girls in reading and writing in 2016 and 2017. There has been significant underachievement for Māori students in relation to their Pākehā peers in reading, writing and mathematics over a number of years.

The progress of students who have individual education plans, (IEPs) is regularly tracked and monitored. IEPs sighted by ERO indicate that students are making progress over time.

1.2 How well is the school accelerating learning for those Māori and other students who need this?

The school is responding well to those Māori and other students whose learning and achievement need acceleration in reading and mathematics. Just under half of the students at risk of underachieving in 2017 made accelerated progress. The proportion of Māori students making accelerated progress is similar to that of others. Effectively accelerating the achievement of at-risk students in writing remains a challenge for the school.

2 School conditions for equity and excellence – processes and practices

2.1 What school processes and practices are effective in enabling achievement of equity and excellence, and acceleration of learning?

Leadership collaboratively develops and pursues the school’s vision, goals and targets. Leaders have developed a strategic, evidence-based approach to improving student achievement in literacy. The focus on tracking and monitoring student progress and acceleration has led to early identification and analysis of trends and patterns for individuals and groups. Leadership builds trust with students, parents, whānau and the community.

Effective, culturally responsive practices support student learning. Leaders have developed a systematic way of teaching te reo Māori throughout the school. This is well supported and resourced by trustees. Relationships between teachers and students are warm and supportive. School values and virtues are well promoted. Most teachers and support staff are involved in ongoing professional development in te reo and tikanga Māori. Tikanga Māori is highly visible in classrooms and the school environment. Students are confident in leading tikanga practices such as karakia, waiata and haka. Effective practices support students’ pastoral needs and there is individualised, restorative approaches to students with behavioural challenges.

Teachers use a variety of teaching strategies to engage students. The recent, effective acceleration of at-risk students in reading includes:

  • using literacy as a tool across all curriculum areas
  • a focus on oral language and building specific curriculum vocabulary
  • using authentic and relevant contexts for reading
  • specific and intense teaching of pre-reading skills within the first year at school.

Systematic and challenging professional learning opportunities effectively build teacher capability. Clear plans for professional development incorporate multiple learning opportunities. A collaborative approach has led to an increase in the quality of teacher professional discussions about students and their learning. Leaders are fully involved in professional development undertaken by teachers.

2.2 What further developments are needed in school processes and practices for achievement of equity and excellence, and acceleration of learning?

Leaders now need to:

  • review quality-assurance processes to ensure consistent, high-quality implementation of school-wide expectations
  • strengthen the alignment of school-wide systems and processes to the charter goals for acceleration
  • strengthen the ways that parents are involved as partners in their children’s learning.

Teachers need to:

  • strengthen planning and teaching so that there is a targeted response to the specific next steps in learning of individuals and groups, and strengthen the ways that students are empowered to take responsibility for their own learning
  • strengthen the quality of teaching, assessing and reporting of te reo Māori, particularly in the level two immersion class
  • strengthen the teaching of local iwi history and places of significance
  • review behaviour management systems at the classroom level so that they better align with the school’s culturally responsive approach
  • strengthen professional inquiry to better focus on the needs of at-risk learners in line with charter goals.

3 Board assurance on legal requirements

Before the review, the board and principal of the school completed the ERO board assurance statement and self-audit checklists. In these documents they attested that they had taken all reasonable steps to meet their legislative obligations related to the following:

  • board administration

  • curriculum

  • management of health, safety and welfare

  • personnel management

  • finance

  • asset management.

During the review, ERO checked the following items because they have a potentially high impact on student safety and wellbeing:

  • emotional safety of students (including prevention of bullying and sexual harassment)

  • physical safety of students

  • teacher registration and certification

  • processes for appointing staff

  • stand down, suspension, expulsion and exclusion of students

  • attendance

  • school policies in relation to meeting the requirements of the Vulnerable Children Act 2014.

Areas for improved compliance practice

To improve current practice, the board of trustees should:

  • review the provision of careers education for students in Years 7 to 8 to ensure that it is systematic and coherent.

4 Going forward

Key strengths of the school

For sustained improvement and future learner success, the school can draw on existing strengths in:

  • leadership that is strategic and focused on a common vision
  • culturally responsive practices that support students’ belonging and engagement
  • teacher professional development that promotes collaborative learning and improvement.

Next steps

For sustained improvement and future learner success, priorities for further development are in:

  • quality assurance to address variability across the school
  • teaching practice to ensure a targeted approach to each student’s specific next steps in learning
  • parent engagement to empower them to assist effectively in their children’s learning.

ERO’s next external evaluation process and timing

ERO is likely to carry out the next external evaluation in three years.

Adrienne Fowler

Director Review and Improvement Services

Te Tai Miringa - Waikato / Bay of Plenty Region

29 October 2018

About the school



Ministry of Education profile number


School type

Full Primary (Years 1 to 8)

School roll


Gender composition

Girls 52% Boys 48%

Ethnic composition

Māori 55%
Asian 7%
Pākehā 33%
Other 5%

Students with Ongoing Resourcing Funding (ORS)


Provision of Māori medium education


Review team on site

August 2018

Date of this report

29 October 2018

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review January 2015
Education Review November 2012
Education Review August 2009