Winchester Rural School

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Te Ara Huarau | School Profile Report

Background

This Profile Report was written within twelve months of the Education Review Office and Winchester Rural 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. www.ero.govt.nz

Context 

Winchester Rural School is a state co-educational, contributing school located in Winchester (Mid Canterbury) and caters for students in Year 1 to 6. It is part of Te Oro Karaka Kāhui Ako.

Winchester Rural Schools strategic priorities for improving outcomes for learners are that:

  • students will experience a curriculum that inspires curiosity and enables excellence and equitable outcomes

  • students will achieve their individual potential by learning how to learn and using technology to enhance their learning

  • students will be connected to their community and be active contributors to it

  • students will have a school environment that promotes and supports their well-being.

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

ERO and the school are working together to evaluate to what extent the localised curriculum provides and promotes equitable access to learning for positive student outcomes. 

The rationale for selecting this evaluation is:

  • there has been a drop in student achievement in literacy and numeracy

  • engagement and achievement levels are lower for boys 

  • to determine how well classroom and curriculum programmes and planning respond to students’ identified strengths, needs and prior learning

  • to investigate how effectively current assessment, moderation and reporting processes meet the needs of students, staff, and parents. 

Strengths

The school can draw from the following strengths to achieve excellence and equity in student achievement in literacy and numeracy:

  • the school has a positive focus for continuous improvement

  • teachers are actively engaged in the collection, analysis, and use of data to address equity and excellence

  • there are well established processes for internal evaluation.  

Where to next?

Moving forward, the school will prioritise:

  • reviewing the teaching of literacy and numeracy

  • setting annual targets to reach high levels of achievement in Reading, Writing and Mathematics

  • monitoring achievement and valued outcome data to promote excellence and equity in outcomes for all students

  • continuing to encourage and support Māori children to succeed as Māori.

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.

Dr Lesley Patterson
Director Review and Improvement Services (Southern)
Southern Region | Te Tai Tini

16 June 2022 

About the School

The Education Counts website provides further information about the school’s student population, student engagement and student achievement.  educationcounts.govt.nz/home

Board Assurance with Regulatory and Legislative Requirements Report 2022 to 2025

As of March 2022, the Winchester Rural School Board of Trustees has attested to the following regulatory and legislative requirements:

Board Administration

Yes

Curriculum

Yes

Management of Health, Safety and Welfare

Yes

Personnel Management

Yes

Finance

Yes

Assets

Yes

Further Information

For further information please contact Winchester Rural 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.

Dr Lesley Patterson
Director Review and Improvement Services (Southern)
Southern Region | Te Tai Tini

16 June 2022 

About the School

The Education Counts website provides further information about the school’s student population, student engagement and student achievement. educationcounts.govt.nz/home