Tyndale Park Christian School

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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;

Refer to conclusion below

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

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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 managers have attested that they comply with the provisions as described in clause 6, Schedule 7 of the Education and Training Act 2020, in respect of there 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.

Please refer to conclusion below.

Conclusion

At the time of the on-site review, ERO identified the school was not meeting aspects of three of the criteria for registration as a private school. These relate to the review of policies and procedures focusing on suitable premises, suitable staffing and the school being a physically and emotionally safe place for students.

The school did not have in place an established cycle of regular review of policies and procedures.

Since then, the board has taken steps to establish a schoolwide cycle of regular review of policies and procedures. Processes are now in place to:

  • review policies/procedures under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 to make sure that the premises meet the suitability criteria
  • review privacy policies/procedures to manage collected personal information to make sure the suitable staffing criteria are met
  • review child protection policies/procedures under the Children’s Act 2014 to make sure that the school is a physically and emotionally safe place for students.

The school now meets the criteria for registration as a private school.

Steve Tanner
Director Review and Improvement Services (Northern)
Northern Region – Te Tai Raki

11 June 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 Tyndale Park 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

Tyndale Park Christian School, in Flatbush, Auckland, continues to provide students in Years 1 to 15 with a Christian-based education. The school provides suitable premises, staffing, equipment, curriculum and standards of tuition.

The school manager appointed in 2008 oversees the day-to-day operation of the school. A senior teacher provides teaching staff with professional leadership. A trust board governs the school. All aspects of school operations are guided by a shared understanding of the Bible.

The school premises continue to be well maintained and enable students to follow the school curriculum in appropriate learning environments. Residential developments in the surrounding properties have created an opportunity to provide additional playing fields, improving students' opportunities for sporting activities. Some classrooms have been renovated and the board plans to upgrade other teaching areas.

Sufficient equipment and resources enable the curriculum to be delivered. New information and communication equipment has recently been purchased and access to the internet improved. The school manager is considering how the school can best improve library resources and science equipment.

The Bible continues to be the foundation of the school curriculum. Years 1 to 10 students follow a curriculum developed by the school and taught in home rooms. The curriculum, outlined to parents in the school’s prospectus, emphasises basic skills and knowledge in a variety of learning areas. Teachers regularly assess aspects of student learning and report to parents at the end of each term. The manager is currently considering how the school could increase its use of nationally recognised assessment tools. This would help leaders and teachers to better monitor progress and achievement for students from Year 1 to Year 10.

Year 11 to 13 students follow the Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) programme. These students choose subjects according to their interests and future learning plans. Year 9 and 10 students also learn through the ACE programme for one hour per day. Students working on the ACE programme are under the supervision of a registered teacher with a current practising certificate, and are monitored by trained assistants who guide the marking and management of students’ work. Year 9 to 13 students take part in art lessons and information management lessons taught by specialist teachers.

All classroom teachers are registered and hold practising certificates. They share a commitment to the school’s Christian philosophy. The quality of tuition is consistent with the standards outlined in the teachers’ handbook and is monitored by the senior teacher.

The school’s manager and trustees have attested that they comply with the provisions of section 35G in respect of 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 Tyndale Park Christian School meets the criteria for registration as a private school set out in the Education Act 1989.

Dale Bailey Deputy Chief Review Officer Northern

26 June 2015

School Statistics

Location

Flatbush, Auckland

Ministry of Education profile number

52

School type

Composite (Years 1 to 15)

School roll

120

Gender composition

Girls 52% Boys 48%

Ethnic composition

This school does not record information about ethnicity

Review team on site

June 2015

Date of this report

26 June 2015

Most recent ERO report(s)

Private School Review

Private School Review

Private School Review

June 2011

May 2008

May 2005