City Impact Church School

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Findings

On the basis of the information obtained during the review, ERO considers that City Impact Church School meets the criteria for registration as a private school set out in clauses 2 to 6, Schedule 7 of the Education and Training Act 2020.

Introduction

ERO reviews of private schools are significantly different in process and more limited in scope and reporting than those for state and state-integrated schools, focusing as they do on the Criteria for Registration set out in clauses 2 to 6, Schedule 7 of the Education and Training Act 2020.

Clause 9, Schedule 7 of the Education and Training Act requires the Education Review Office (ERO) to review private schools and to report to the Secretary for Education on whether each school meets the criteria for registration.

More information about ERO reviews of private schools can be found on ERO’s website.

The criteria for registration are that the school -

a) has premises that are suitable, as described in clause 3, Schedule 7; and

b) usually provides tuition for 9 or more students who are of or over the age of 5 years but are under the age of 16 years [clause 2(b), Schedule 7); and

c) has staffing that is suitable to the age range and level of its students, the curriculum taught at the school, and the size of the school (clause 2(c), Schedule 7; and

d) has equipment that is suitable for the curriculum being delivered or to be delivered at the school (clause 2(d) Schedule 7); and

e) has a curriculum for teaching, learning, and assessment and makes details of the curriculum and its programme for delivery available for parents; and

f) has suitable tuition standards, as described in clauses 2(e),(f) and 5, Schedule 7; and

g) has managers who are fit and proper persons (as described in clause 6, Schedule 7) to be managers of a private school; and

h) is a physically and emotionally safe place for students (clause 2(h), Schedule 7).

When an ERO report identifies an area within the criteria for registration that is not meeting the criteria at the time of the ERO review, that will be reported, the Ministry will be informed and the Ministry will follow up the issue with the school.

ERO’s Judgement

a) The school has premises that are suitable as described in clause 3, Schedule 7;

Meeting

b) The school usually provides tuition for 9 or more students who are of or over the age of 5 years but are under the age of 16 years

Meeting

c) The school has staffing that is suitable to the age range and level of its students, the curriculum taught at the school, and the size of the school

Meeting

d) The school has equipment that is suitable for the curriculum being delivered or to be delivered at the school

Meeting

e) The school has a curriculum for teaching, learning, and assessment and makes details of the curriculum and its programme for delivery available for parents

Meeting

f) The school has suitable tuition standards as described in clauses 2(e), (f) and 5, Schedule 7

Meeting

g) The school has managers who are fit and proper persons (as described in clause 6, Schedule 7)

The school’s manager has attested that they comply with the provisions as described in clause 6, Schedule 7 of the Education and Training Act 2020, in respect to their being a fit and proper person to manage the school.

h) The school is a physically and emotionally safe place for students

A safe place is one in which risks to student safety are regularly assessed and evaluated with a view to eliminating, or at least reducing, harm. A safe place is one where clear policies exist and are acted upon to eliminate or minimise harm.

ERO’s judgement is based on the quality, intent and regular review of the school’s policies and procedures.

The school has regularly reviewed policies and procedures to provide for a physically and emotionally safe place for students.

Conclusion

On the basis of the information obtained during the review, ERO considers that City Impact Church School meets the criteria for registration as a private school set out in clauses 2 to 6, Schedule 7 of the Education and Training Act 2020.

Phil Cowie
Director Review and Improvement Services (Northern)
Northern Region - Te Tai Raki
17 August 2021

About the School

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

Findings

On the basis of the information obtained during the review, ERO considers that City Impact Church 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

City Impact Church School comprises the junior classes of the co-educational private school in Browns Bay on Auckland’s North Shore. The school is situated within the spacious grounds of the City Impact Church complex. Since ERO’s 2012 review the total school roll has grown significantly as the secondary school has expanded.

The primary school operates within the single campus for children from Years 1 to 13. New, modern facilities built for the planned growth of the secondary school are benefitting all students. New playgrounds and all weather covered turf have created additional areas for physical activity for students in the middle years. A second purpose-built science laboratory, art rooms, music and dance studios, and a new library have extended students’ learning opportunities.

School developments over the past four years have been well considered and strategically led. Resources and facilities have been developed to complement the school’s faith-based Christian curriculum. The school’s Vision Team, which includes school managers and representatives of the Church, guides decisions about long term planning. The school’s principal and senior managers provide focused leadership and valuable support for teachers.

The school’s curriculum is well documented and available to parents. The broad Years 1 to 10 levelled curriculum enables teachers to plan classroom programmes and regularly assess children’s progress in relation to clearly defined learning expectations. The curriculum structure gives appropriate emphasis to English, mathematics and science and the arts. Substantial time is allowed for the school’s Christian values-based programmes.

Students are well supported in their learning. They enjoy positive relationships with each other and with their teachers. Generous staffing allows for small class sizes and individualised teaching approaches. Teachers have high expectations for all children to progress and achieve. Children’s learning and behaviour is managed effectively, resulting in high levels of engagement across the school. Children make good progress and achieve very well overall.

Leadership roles have been reviewed to provide continuity and consistency across the junior and senior school. Teachers are carefully appointed to deliver learning programmes in both the primary and secondary areas of the school. Teachers’ professional practice continues to be strengthened through the introduction of a reflective inquiry-based appraisal process aligned to the Education Council requirements. With the growth in student numbers the school is now able to offer a wider range of specialist teachers and support teachers in areas such as the arts, science, media, and business areas. There is potential to continue to expand the curriculum.

Attractive, modern classrooms and facilities support the Vision Team’s philosophy about how children learn best. Teachers have access to high quality information technologies and are exploring the potential for e-learning. The Vision Team is consulting parents about how to make appropriate use of the information technologies as tools to enhance children’s learning.

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

3 Other Obligations

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

4 Conclusion

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

Graham Randell

Deputy Chief Review Officer Northern

11 November 2016

About the School

Location

Browns Bay, Auckland

Ministry of Education profile number

481

School type

Full Primary (Years 1 to 8)

School roll

114

Gender composition

Girls 61% Boys 39%

Ethnic composition

Māori

Pākehā

European

African

Tongan

Samoan

other

7%

46%

23%

9%

6%

3%

6%

Review team on site

September 2016

Date of this report

11 November 2016

Most recent ERO report(s)

Private School Review

Private School Review

Private School Review

November 2012

July 2011

November 2010