Pukekohe Christian School

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Findings

On the basis of the information obtained during the review, ERO considers that Pukekohe Christian School meets the criteria for registration as a private school set out in the Education Act 1989. 

1 Background

The Chief Review Officer has a statutory duty to report on the performance of private schools throughout New Zealand.

Section 35I of the Education Act 1989, requires the Education Review Office (ERO) to review fully registered private schools, and to report to the Ministry of Education on whether each school continues to meet the criteria for full registration.

This review report was prepared in accordance with standard procedures approved by the Chief Review Officer.

2 Criteria for Registration

Pukekohe Christian School is located near Pukekohe township and caters for students in Years 1 to 15. Students come from diverse cultural backgrounds across a wide geographic area across Franklin and South Auckland. The school is underpinned by Christian values and provides a Christ-centred education. Academic programmes are prescribed by the Cambridge International Curriculum.

The school has suitable premises, staffing, equipment, curriculum and standards of tuition, as defined in the Education Act 1989 and described in the school’s prospectus. The principal’s regular reports to the board ensures that trustees are well informed about school operations and student achievement.

Systems for property maintenance and health and safety are well established and guided by agreed policies and procedures. Since ERO’s 2011 report, changes in the school have included the recent addition of two new classrooms and the provision of safe storage of dangerous materials in the science laboratory. Resources to support the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) resources have been increased.

Staffing is suitable for the age range, year levels and size of the school. Leadership responsibilities are shared across the staff team. Teachers are supported to build their professional capacity, particularly in relation to the Cambridge curriculum and Christian education. The principal continues to strengthen processes for teacher appraisal.

A range of information, including the prospectus, newsletters and the school’s website, informs parents about the curriculum. The school programme is based on the Cambridge International curriculum that emphasises literacy, mathematics and science. Cambridge progress tests are used from Year 3. At senior levels, most students complete the Cambridge curriculum. A few students are supported to access courses through Te Kura, the Correspondence School and access National Certificates of Educational Achievement (NCEA).

Children have a variety of opportunities for learning through community activities that reflect the school’s focus on service. The curriculum also includes art, and a health and physical education programme. Children also have opportunities to participate in choir, drama and worship groups. Careers information is provided for senior students and academic pathways are planned with families.

The school’s managers have attested that they comply with the provisions of section 35G of the Education Act 1989 in respect to their being fit and proper persons to manage the school.

3 Other Obligations

Good systems are in place to assure the board that its other statutory obligations are met.

4 Other Matters

Provision for international students

The school is a signatory to the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students (the Code) established under section 238F of the Education Act 1989. The school has attested that it complies with all aspects of the Code. At the time of this review there were seven international students attending the school.

ERO’s investigations confirm that the school’s systems for reviewing its provision for international students are thorough. The principal regularly monitors provision for students’ academic progress and care. They are able to be involved in all aspects of school life and in the wider Christian community. Digital tools support these students’ English language learning.

5 Conclusion

On the basis of the information obtained during the review, ERO considers that Pukekohe Christian School meets the criteria for registration as a private school set out in the Education Act 1989. 

Graham Randell

Deputy Chief Review Officer Northern

29 February 2016

School Statistics

Location

Pukekohe

Ministry of Education profile number

456

School type

Composite (Years 1 to 15)

School roll

193

Number of international students

7

Gender composition

Boys 55%, Girls 45%

Ethnic composition

Pākehā

Māori

Indian

African

Chinese

Korean

Samoan

Other European

other

49%

1%

13%

6%

5%

4%

3%

13%

6%

Review team on site

December 2015

Date of this report

29 February 2016

Most recent ERO report(s)

Private School Review

Private School Review

Private School Review

September 2011

August 2008

November 2005

 

1. Background

The Chief Review Officer has a statutory duty to report on the performance of private schools throughout New Zealand.

Section 35I of the Education Act 1989, requires the Education Review Office (ERO) to review fully registered private schools, and to report to the Ministry of Education on whether each school continues to meet the criteria for full registration.

This review report was prepared in accordance with standard procedures approved by the Chief Review Officer.

2. Criteria for Registration

Pukekohe Christian School, situated in a rural area of Franklin, is an independent, co-educational Christian school with attractive, spacious and well maintained grounds. The school continues to be well managed by the board of governors and an experienced principal.

Since the 2008 ERO review the senior school has increased and the school now includes students from Years 1 to 13. Senior classes follow the Cambridge International Examinations curriculum. The Cambridge International Primary Programme for students from Years 1 to 6, and the Cambridge International Checkpoint Programme for students from Years 7 to 9, have been introduced for junior classes.

The school curriculum has a strong focus on English, mathematics and science and students have good opportunities to achieve academic success. Student achievement data collected during 2011 will provide a basis for the school to monitor student progress and achievement over time. School data shows that most senior students achieve well in the Cambridge International examinations.

The school provides suitable premises, staffing and equipment. Students receive a suitable standard of tuition. Diverse groups of students enjoy the collegial, whānau atmosphere of the school. The school’s special Christian character is reflected in the curriculum and in the operations of the school. Students enjoy a calm, settled environment that supports their engagement in learning. Senior managers and staff are continuing to improve the school’s resources to support students’ learning within the Cambridge curriculum. The new classroom block and music room will help to further support learning outcomes for students.

The school is staffed by experienced, knowledgeable teachers who know the students well. Teachers have positive, respectful relationships with each other and with students. Staff are committed to the school’s Christian character and to its vision. Management systems are in place to support improvements in the school’s curriculum and to monitor the quality and effectiveness of teaching practices.

The school’s managers have attested that they comply with the provisions of s35G of the Education Act 1989, in relation to being fit and proper persons to manage the school.

3. Other Statutory Obligations

Good systems are in place to enable the school’s managing body to be assured that its other statutory obligations are met.

4. Other Matters

Provision for international students

The school is a signatory to the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students (the Code) established under section 238F of the Education Act 1989. At the time of this review there were six international students attending the school.

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

International students are well integrated into school life and are involved in the school community. The principal is responsible for international students’ welfare. He monitors students’ pastoral care and maintains close links with students and their families. Appropriate English language support is provided for students who need extra support. Systems are in place for reporting to parents and to the board of governors about international students’ progress and achievement. The principal has agreed to document self-review processes better to support improved provision for international students.

5. Conclusion

On the basis of the information obtained during the review, ERO considers that Pukekohe Christian School meets the criteria for registration as a private school set out in the Education Act 1989.

Richard Thornton

National Manager Review Services

Northern Region

16 September 2011

About the School

Location

Pukekohe, Franklin District

Ministry of Education profile number

456

School type

Private Composite (Years 1 to 15)

Decile1

7

School roll

200

Number of international students

6

Gender composition

Boys 51%

Girls 49%

Ethnic composition

Pākehā/European

Māori

Indian

Samoan

Chinese

other

78%

5%

8%

4%

3%

2%

Review team on site

August 2011

Date of this report

16 September 2011

Most recent ERO report(s)

Private School Review

Private School Review

Private School Review

August 2008

November 2005

September 1999

1 School deciles range from 1 to 10. Decile 1 schools draw their students from low socio-economic communities and at the other end of the range, decile 10 schools draw their students from high socio-economic communities. Deciles are used to provide funding to state and state integrated schools. The lower the school’s decile the more funding it receives. A school’s decile is in no way linked to the quality of education it provides.