Wentworth College

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Education institution number:
484
School type:
Secondary (Year 7-15)
School gender:
Co-Educational
Definition:
Not Applicable
Total roll:
268
Telephone:
Address:

65 Gulf Harbour Drive, Gulf Harbour, Whangaparaoa

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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.

The school is a fully registered private school. It caters for students from Year 7 to 15. It has a roll of 172 students, plus 32 international students.

2 Criteria for Registration

Wentworth College at Gulf Harbour on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula is a private, co-educational school for Year 7 to 15 students. The school continues to provide students with suitable premises, staffing, equipment and curriculum. Standards of tuition remain high. A sound framework of policies and procedures guides the school’s operations.

The school was founded in 2003 and is governed by the Wentworth College Trust Board. It has close links with the adjacent Wentworth Primary School, which operates under the same principal and management board. The school has three guiding principles that underpin all aspects of teaching and learning. They are the provision of high quality education for all, participation in co-curricular activities, and the importance of shared values and high standards.

The curriculum is broad and inclusive, reflecting the intentions of the school’s founders. In Years 7 to 10 the curriculum is based on The New Zealand Curriculum aligned to the Cambridge International Examination (CIE) syllabus. From Year 11 to 13 the primary focus is on the CIE. Programmes aligned to the National Certificates of Educational Achievement (NCEA) are also available to students. Students make good progress across the school and achieve well at all levels. Senior students’ achievement in the CIE is high, and over 90 percent of Wentworth students leave school with University Entrance.

Since the 2012 ERO review, the curriculum has become increasingly future-focused with the introduction of programmes in critical thinking, marine studies, psychology and computer science. Students are able to personalise their course of study to meet their aspirations regarding future study and career choices. The school’s curriculum is well documented and shared with parents. Regular communication and reporting ensures that parents are well informed about learning programmes.

Teaching methods reflect the school’s guiding principles and support the academic focus of the school. Teachers encourage positive interactions with students and between students. Students participate with confidence in an extensive range of co-curricular activities and those that extend beyond the classroom.

The social and emotional wellbeing of students is very well supported by a pastoral care system that reflects the school’s commitment to the value of respect for self and for others. By working together as a community, students develop a sense of empathy, personal responsibility and resilience that continues to benefit them throughout their time at school.

Staffing levels are generous, with small classes ensuring that students receive individual teaching. Teachers are suitably qualified and bring a wide range of curriculum strengths and interests to their teaching. The breadth of the curriculum is supported by specialist teaching and additional learning support. A robust performance appraisal system supports teachers to reflect on and continue to improve their teaching practice.

The buildings and grounds continue to be well presented and maintained. Teaching facilities are spacious and well resourced. Good use is made of facilities and resources in the local community to support both academic and co-curricular programmes.

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 Matters

Provision for international students

The Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016 (the Code) was introduced on July 1st 2016. The school is aware of the need to update its policies and procedures to meet the new code requirements by 1 December 2016.

At the time of this review there were 32 international students attending the school, including 0 exchange students.

The school is making good progress in aligning its policies and procedures to meet requirements for the 2016 Code.

5 Conclusion

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

Graham Randell

Deputy Chief Review Officer Northern

21 October 2016

About the School

Location

Gulf Harbour, Whangaparaoa

Ministry of Education profile number

484

School type

Secondary (Years 7 to 15)

School roll

204

Number of international students

32

Gender composition

Girls 53% Boys 47%

Ethnic composition

NZ European/Pākehā

Māori

British/Irish

Asian

South African

other European

other

66%

7%

8%

3%

3%

11%

2%

Review team on site

August 2016

Date of this report

21 October 2016

Most recent ERO report(s)

Private School Review

Private School Review

Private School Review

September 2012

October 2009

December 2006



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.

Wentworth College at Gulf Harbour on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula is a private, co-educational school for Year 7 to 15 students. The school is governed by the Wentworth College Trust Board and has close links with the adjacent Wentworth Primary School that operates under the same principal and managing board.

ERO’s 2009 Private School Review reported on the performance of the school and acknowledged that the criteria for registration as a private school were being met. Students were provided with a broad curriculum and a good standard of tuition. Together with suitable premises and equipment, teachers delivered the school’s stated learning programmes.

2 Criteria for Registration

The school’s curriculum continues to be broad and diverse. Academic subjects are complemented by a strong focus on sport, physical education and technology subjects. Students also enjoy the many learning opportunities provided in the visual and performing arts, and in music and languages. Students are guided individually to select learning pathways that suit their goals and their parents’ aspirations.

Since 2009, school leaders have continued to review the curriculum. Learning programmes from Year 7 to 15 are now based on Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). Teachers have well planned programmes to implement new CIE courses. Some programmes aligned to the National Certificates of Educational Achievement (NCEA) continue to be delivered to a small number of students in Year 12 and 13.

The school has high expectations of student achievement. Students make good progress and achieve well. The majority of students entering the school in Year 7 are achieving at and above national averages in literacy and mathematics. Senior students gain worthwhile qualifications in both the NCEA and in the CIE, and ninety percent of students leave school with University Entrance.

The good standard of resources identified in the 2009 ERO report has been maintained. The school is well positioned in the Gulf Harbour community to utilise local resources for learning, particularly in sailing, rowing, golf and outdoor education. High quality facilities in the school’s gymnasium and technology areas, together with increased access to computer technologies, support the curriculum.

Students are confident and cooperative. They benefit from the board’s inclusive vision for education and a caring, supportive learning environment. The pastoral care network, including house leaders and tutor groups, promote student wellbeing. Teachers cater for the diverse learning needs of students and respond to their interests and strengths. Students are well engaged in learning and are motivated to achieve and succeed.

Parents are involved in making decisions about their children’s learning. They receive regular reports about the progress and achievement of students, and up to date information about the curriculum and school events. Parents appreciate the school’s open-door policy and the ease with which they can access school leaders and teachers.

The trust board maintains an emphasis on employing well qualified and specialist staff. Suitable policies and procedures are in place to support teachers and guide their professional learning. The school is ably led by an experienced principal and deputy principal who are respected by students, staff and parents.

The board has recently appointed a new deputy principal with responsibilities for fully imbedding the CIE curriculum and continuing to raise student achievement. Assessment for Learning is a new model for teaching that has been introduced in 2012. These approaches have potential for increasing consistency in classroom practice and assisting students take greater ownership for their learning.

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

3 Other Statutory Obligations

Appropriate systems are in place to assure the Wentworth managing body that its other statutory obligations are being met.

4 Other Matters

Provision for international students

Wentworth College 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 18 international students attending the school. The school has attested that it complies with all aspects of the Code.

The school provides appropriate services for international students. The international student director supports their induction into the school and liaises closely with home-stay families. International students integrate well into school and community life.

The principal completes the regulatory self review for the Ministry of Education. It would be useful for the board to strengthen the provision of English language programmes to support international students, many of whom have English as a second language. The overall achievement of international students should be reported separately to the board.

5 Conclusion

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

Makere Smith

National Manager Review Services Northern Region (Acting)

7 September 2012

About the School

Location

Gulf Harbour, Whangaparaoa

Ministry of Education profile number

484

School type

Secondary (Years 7 to 15)

Decile

10

School roll

211

Number of international students

19

Gender composition

Girls 52%, Boys 48%

Ethnic composition

NZ European /Pākehā

Asian

Māori

Other

86%

8%

2%

4%

Review team on site

July 2012

Date of this report

7 September 2012

Most recent ERO report(s)

Private School Review

Private School Review

Private School Review

October 2009

December 2006

October 2003