Southland Boys' High School

Education institution number:
404
School type:
Secondary (Year 7-15)
School gender:
Single Sex (Boys School)
Definition:
School with Boarding Facilities
Total roll:
979
Telephone:
Address:

181 Herbert Street, Invercargill

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Southland Boys’ High School

Te Ara Huarau | School Profile Report

Background

This Profile Report was written within 18 months of the Education Review Office and Southland Boys’ High 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 

Southland Boys High School is located in Invercargill and provides education for students in Years 7 to 13. The school features a boarding house, Coldstream Hostel.

Southland Boys’ High School’s strategic priorities for improving outcomes for learners are:

  • to strengthen achievement outcomes for all learners

  • to strengthen wellbeing outcomes for all learners.

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

ERO and the school are working together to evaluate the extent to which an effective teaching profile framework ensures that each student has meaningful, sufficient and equitable opportunities to learn, as indicated by the student profile.

The rationale for selecting this evaluation is because implementing a shared understanding of effective teaching and learning practices will underpin coherent, meaningful pathways for each student to experience educational success.

The school expects to see a Southland Boys’ High School teacher profile framework designed to improve outcomes for learners, and an evaluation of the effectiveness of this against the student profile.

Strengths

The school can draw from the following strengths to support the school in its goal to develop a teacher profile to guide effective teacher practice:

  • its refined and strengthened pastoral care conditions, actions and practices that promote student wellbeing

  • its more regular scrutiny and use of learner achievement and wellbeing information to guide decision making for improved outcomes

  • its commitment to building schoolwide capability in mātauranga Māori.

Where to next?

Moving forward, the school will prioritise:

  • strengthening processes that build collaborative teacher practices to ensure all students have meaningful, sufficient and equitable opportunities to engage and learn

  • the systematic evaluation of the effectiveness of its teacher profile on student outcomes.

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

10 November 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

Southland Boys’ High School

Provision for International Students Report

Background

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.

Findings 

The school is a signatory 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.  The school has attested that it complies with all aspects of the Code.

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

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

10 November 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

Southland Boys' High School

Board Assurance with Regulatory and Legislative Requirements Report 2021 to 2024

As of September 2021, the Southland Boy’s High 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 Southland Boy’s High School Board of Trustees.

The next Board of Trustees assurance that it is meeting regulatory and legislative requirements is due in December 2024

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

20 December 2021 

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

Southland Boys’ High School

Background

The Chief Review Officer has the authority to carry out reviews (which may be general or in relation to particular matters) of the provision of a safe physical and emotional environment that supports learning for students accommodated in hostels under section 470 of the Education and Training Act 2020. This function is delegated to review officers who have the powers to enter and carry out review of hostels under section 472 of the Act.

Findings

The hostel manager and the hostel owner have attested in the Hostel Assurance Statement that they meet the requirements of the Hostel Regulations 2005.

Boarders value the respectful, friendly relationships they build with each other and across year levels. They appreciate the range of social, cultural and sporting opportunities made available to them through the hostel. Academic support is available through structured prep time and access to digital devices. Recent improvements to the hostel’s physical environment have made a significant difference to the boarders’ comfort and wellbeing. Parents take an active role in the life of the hostel and form supportive networks. School leaders have effective oversight of governance and management to support the hostel operations. Further opportunities for school and hostel staff to share in professional development, especially on aspects of pastoral care and culturally responsive practices, would provide a more clear and consistent experience for the boarders.

Dr Lesley Patterson
Director Review and Improvement Services (Southern)
Southern Region | Te Tai Tini
20 December 2021

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