Heathcote Valley School

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Education institution number:
3371
School type:
Full Primary
School gender:
Co-Educational
Definition:
Not Applicable
Total roll:
194
Telephone:
Address:

Bridle Path Road, Heathcote Valley, Christchurch

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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 Heathcote Valley 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 

Te Kura o Te Tihi o Kahukura | Heathcote Valley School is a state co-educational school located at the base of the Port Hills in Christchurch and caters for students in Year 1 to 8.

Heathcote Valley School’s strategic priorities for improving outcomes for learners are to:

  • engage learners to make a difference for themselves, to others and to the environment

  • embrace New Zealand’s unique biculturalism and feel a sense of belonging

  • build relationships within and outside of our kura to nurture our tamariki and their learning.

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

ERO and the school are working together to evaluate to what extent the local curriculum and teacher practice lead to equitable and excellent achievement outcomes for all students. The rationale for selecting this evaluation is:

  • the national curriculum is in a state of renewal and a continued focus on review will better meet the needs of students and staff

  • the review of the local curriculum will add a layer of purposeful and meaningful contexts for learners and address the current inequities in achievement for Māori and Pasifika children.

The school expects to use the outcome of the evaluation to redesign the local curriculum to provide a coordinated approach to teaching and learning by incorporating the changes in the national curriculum refresh and reflecting the school’s local context. 

Ongoing monitoring and evaluation of achievement, valued outcomes, and other indicator data will show improved student outcomes in terms of excellence and equity for all students. 

Strengths

The school can draw from the following strengths to support the school in its goal to review mathematics teaching practices:

  • teachers share high, clear, and equitable expectations for student learning, achievement, progress, and wellbeing

  • robust internal evaluation practices support the gathering, analysis, and use of evidence of student learning and outcomes to improve individual and collective practice.

Where to next?

Moving forward, the school will prioritise:

  • strengthening a local curriculum which is responsive to the needs, identity, language, culture, interests, strengths and aspirations of learners and their families

  • maintaining a clear focus on what supports the progress of all learners

  • integrating Te Tiriti o Waitangi into classroom learning.

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 Heathcote Valley 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 Heathcote Valley 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