Rosebank School (Balclutha)

Rosebank School (Balclutha)

Te Ara Huarau | School Profile Report


This Profile Report was written within eighteen months of the Education Review Office and Rosebank School (Balclutha) 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


Rosebank School in Balclutha provides education for learners in Years 1 to 8. The physical environment has undergone significant redevelopment in recent years including modernised breakout spaces for learners and support staff.

Rosebank School (Balclutha)’s strategic priorities for improving outcomes for learners are for:

  • all students to achieve to their highest educational potential through quality teaching, safe environments, and positive relationships
  • Māori students to enjoy educational success as Māori
  • the board, staff, whānau and community to be engaged in supporting children in their learning and growth.

You can find a copy of the school’s strategic and annual plan on Rosebank School (Balclutha)’s website.

ERO and the school are working together to:

  • evaluate how well the development of teachers' knowledge and understanding of a 'Structured Literacy Approach' is making a positive difference in building students' literacy capability and to their wellbeing
  • develop teachers’ understanding and use of effective internal evaluation.

The rationale for selecting this evaluation is:

  • the school has identified through well-analysed data that students are not well founded in the phonological structures of the English language
  • the school has found that many young students are beginning school with lower than desirable oral language skills and literacy understandings
  • for teachers to be able to evaluate the impact of their focus on literacy teaching and learning
  • to ensure the foundations for literacy are well embedded into students' learning so that they are not hindered as they progress through the school.

The school expects to see:

  • improved student achievement levels in literacy

  • teachers using evaluation findings to tailor their teaching to better meet students’ learning needs

  • more effective teaching practices across the school.


The school can draw from the following strengths to support its goal for all students to be highly literate.  

  • A well-developed vision for all learners.

  • The focus on continuous improvement supported through the coaching/mentoring of teachers by professional leaders within and beyond the school.

  • Teachers’ high expectations for their students to succeed.

Where to next?

Moving forward, the school will prioritise:   

  • professional learning to maintain a focus on what supports progress for all learners

  • improving data collation and analysis to monitor progress and outcomes

  • reviewing and developing the school’s local curriculum to ensure it is responsive to students’ needs

  • 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

12 September 2022 

About the School

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

Rosebank School (Balclutha)

Board Assurance with Regulatory and Legislative Requirements Report 2022 to 2025

As of July 2022, the Rosebank School (Balclutha) 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 Rosebank School (Balclutha) 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

12 September 2022 

About the School

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

Rosebank School (Balclutha) - 04/09/2015

1. Context

What are the important features of this school that have an impact on student learning?

The key features of this school that impact on student learning are the:

  • high expectations that all students will be successful in their learning
  • genuine interest in and support for each student’s wellbeing
  • commitment to valuing Māori language and culture.

Rosebank is a semi-rural Year 1-8 school, located next to the high school. There are high levels of parent involvement and support for school activities. The school works closely with other schools and early childhood services to provide the best education for students now, and in the future.

The school’s vision is to value each student as an individual and celebrate his or her strengths in learning and life. This vision is strongly evident in what happens in this school. There is a very strong culture of manakitanga (care for each other) and respect. This can be seen in the caring relationships between students and teachers and the way the school values and works with families.

The school has fully addressed the recommendations in the 2012 ERO report. This review (2015) identifies Rosebank School as a high performing school.

2. Learning

How well does this school use achievement information to make positive changes to learners’ engagement, progress and achievement?

At all levels, the school makes very effective use of assessment information in order to best support its students. Overall, students achieve very well against the National Standards in reading, writing and mathematics.

Students are increasingly involved in the assessment of their work. This continues to be a school-wide focus and area of growth. Most students can talk confidently about how well they are progressing and achieving, and what they need to do to improve. Increasingly teachers share indicators of success with students and encourage students to assess their work against these.

Teachers know their students very well as learners and as individuals. They carefully:

  • analyse achievement information to identify learning needs for each student
  • identify and monitor students needing extra support and/or extension
  • research and implement innovative ways to engage and motivate students in their learning.

The principal drives the vision that all students will be successful in their learning. She has established a school-wide inquiry team that keeps a tight overview of student progress and achievement. This team:

  • looks intensively at how each student is progressing
  • researches and reflects on the effectiveness of different interventions and teaching strategies
  • identifies and ensures best teaching practices are shared across the school.

As a result, there is very strong evidence of students making accelerated progress and catching up with their peers.

The board is very well informed about how well students are progressing and achieving. They receive detailed information that includes:

  • trends over time
  • the impact of interventions to lift student achievement
  • student views about their learning
  • useful recommendations about how the board can further support student learning.

The board and principal have set appropriate targets to lift the achievement of identified groups of students. Targets are supported by specific actions to make a difference. The board regularly receives reports on actions taken and students’ progress towards meeting the target.

3. Curriculum

How effectively does this school’s curriculum promote and support student learning?

Students are very well supported in their learning and benefit from a broad curriculum. Their views about how they best learn are regularly sought and valued. Students have increasing opportunities to manage and direct their learning. The school sees this as work in progress.

There is a strong commitment to valuing and developing te reo Māori and Māori culture in the school. This is evident in:

  • employment of a Māori language and kapa haka tutor
  • weekly te reo Māori instruction for teachers and students
  • the natural integration of core Māori values, such as whanaungatanga (family-like relationships)
  • the pride students across the school feel in participating in waiata and kapa haka.

Other strengths in the school’s curriculum are the:

  • wide range of cultural and sporting opportunities
  • natural integration of different learning areas
  • progressive use of digital technology to enrich and share students’ learning
  • variety of ongoing extension activities for able or interested students
  • intensive in-and-out of class support for students who need extra help with their learning.

The principal is leading a comprehensive review of the school’s curriculum. This includes looking deeply at the principles in the New Zealand Curriculum guidelines. In particular, the school is exploring how best to equip students for citizenship and resilience now and in the future.

Staff are involved in purposeful and well-planned professional development so that teaching practices match the school’s vision for learning. The school is implementing modern-learning practices and see this as an area of ongoing development.

How effectively does the school promote educational success for Māori, as Māori?

The school is very committed to promoting the wellbeing and educational success of each Māori student.

In recent years, the school has lifted the achievement of its Māori students. Students now achieve at similar levels to their peers. This is a result of deep thinking about how Māori students best learn, and a greater recognition and valuing of their culture.

The school works closely with parents and the wider whānau to best support their children.

4. Sustainable Performance

How well placed is the school to sustain and improve its performance?

This is high performing school. There is a culture of innovation and creative thinking about teaching and learning.

The principal is a very strong professional leader. She is research informed, collaborative and has a clear vision as to what best teaching and learning should look like. She is developing her new leadership team.

Strong leadership has resulted in:

  • a collaborative culture where leaders and teachers work closely with students in mind
  • rigorous appraisal
  • useful processes for sharing ideas and best teaching practices across the school
  • well-planned and purposeful professional learning
  • good alignment of initiatives to the school’s strategic and annual plans.

Trustees understand and are confident in their governance role. They are:

  • clear about priorities for now and the future
  • are well informed about student achievement
  • make well-considered resourcing decisions
  • regularly seek and respond to parent and student views
  • have a good understanding of the value and purpose of self review.

The principal works closely with other local schools and early childhood centres. She often initiates and leads these interactions. The school’s focus is on the big picture of what is best for their students now and in the future. This includes students becoming confident global citizens.

Board assurance on legal requirements

Before the review, the board of trustees 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:

  • board administration
  • curriculum
  • management of health, safety and welfare
  • personnel management
  • financial management
  • asset management.

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

  • emotional safety of students (including prevention of bullying and sexual harassment)
  • physical safety of students
  • teacher registration
  • processes for appointing staff
  • stand-downs, suspensions, expulsions and exclusions
  • attendance.


This is a high performing and innovative school. Student's wellbeing and learning are at the forefront of decisions. Students learn in a safe and caring environment. The school works closely with families. Māori culture and language are strongly valued. The school is well led and governed.

ERO is likely to carry out the next review in four-to-five years.

Chris Rowe

Deputy Chief Review Officer Southern (Acting)

4 September 2015

About the School



Ministry of Education profile number


School type

Full Primary (Years 1 to 8)

School roll


Gender composition

Boys: 130

Girls: 108

Ethnic composition

NZ European/Pākehā 80%

Māori 16%

Pacific 3%

Other 1%

Review team on site

July 2015

Date of this report

4 September 2015

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review June 2012

Education Review March 2009

Supplementary Review March 2005