Mission Heights Primary School

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Jeffs Road, Flat Bush, Auckland

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Mission Heights Primary School

Te Ara Huarau | School Profile Report


This Profile Report was written within 18 months of the Education Review Office and Mission Heights Primary 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


Mission Heights Primary School is a contributing school for students from Years 1 to 6. The culturally diverse school shares a site with Mission Heights Junior College in Flatbush, Auckland.

Mission Heights Primary’s strategic priorities for improving outcomes for learners are:

  • Tangata Whenuatanga Raukaha; ensuring there are equitable expectations and outcomes for all and building teacher capacity

  • A Huatanga; develop systems and structures to identify barriers to learning and to target learners

  • Whānaungatanga; developing a shared language of learning across the school and community.

You can find a copy of the school’s strategic and annual plan on Mission Heights Primary School’s website.

ERO and the school are working together to evaluate how well the school is lifting learners’ achievement in mathematics through professional learning programmes and effective teaching.

The rationale for selecting this evaluation is to:

  • increase equitable learning opportunities in mathematics and reduce disparity for priority learners

  • build learning focused relationships and provide greater clarity for teachers and learners about their learning

  • strengthen teacher capacity and capability through relevant professional learning and development.

The school expects to see:

  • greater consistency of school wide collaborative teacher practice

  • school wide lifts in mathematics achievement and greater equity for priority learners

  • accelerated progress for learners working towards curriculum expectations.


The school can draw from the following strengths to support the school in its goal to lift learners’ achievement in mathematics through professional learning programmes and effective teaching:

  • leaders are committed to the school’s strategic direction and focused on improving equity and excellence for all students

  • leaders and teachers are outward looking, open to ongoing learning, and engaging with relevant professional learning programmes

  •  learning environments along with the board’s resourcing decisions support the school’s vision of growing excellence

  • learner wellbeing is well promoted, learners feel a strong sense of belonging and connection to the school.

Where to next?

Moving forward, the school will prioritise:

  • continuing to build collective capacity, capability and practice of staff through ongoing and relevant professional learning and development

  • embedding and sustaining collaborative teaching practice and professional learning programmes

  • building effective learning partnerships so that parents and whanau have a shared understanding of what good learning looks like.

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.

Filivaifale Jason Swann
Director Review and Improvement Services (Northern)
Northern Region | Te Tai Raki

17 February 2023

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

Mission Heights Primary School

Board Assurance with Regulatory and Legislative Requirements Report 2021 to 2025

As of June 2021, the Mission Heights Primary School Board has attested to the following regulatory and legislative requirements:

Board Administration




Management of Health, Safety and Welfare


Personnel Management






Further Information

For further information please contact Mission Heights Primary School Board.

The next School Board assurance that it is meeting regulatory and legislative requirements will be reported, along with the Te Ara Huarau | School Evaluation Report, within three years.

Information on ERO’s role and process in this review can be found on the Education Review Office website.

Filivaifale Jason Swann
Director Review and Improvement Services (Northern)
Northern Region | Te Tai Raki

17 February 2023

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

Mission Heights Primary School - 01/12/2016

1 Context

Mission Heights Primary School shares a site with Mission Heights Junior College. The schools have a common vision for promoting excellence, and collaborate at both management and governance levels. Children learn in modern learning environments. Eighty percent of children come from homes where English is not the only language. The school roll is continuing to grow rapidly.

2 Equity and excellence

The vision and valued outcomes defined by the school for all children are captured in the school's vision of 'Growing Excellence through innovation and constantly evolving personalised learning'. The school's values reflect the vision, values and principles of The New Zealand Curriculum (NZC).

The school’s achievement information shows that over the last three years 80 percent of children have achieved at or above the National Standard in mathematics and 70 percent in reading and writing. School data from 2015 show that while Māori students' achievement is improving as a result of specific strategies their achievement levels are still not as high as those of other learners. This disparity is most evident in writing and to some extent in mathematics.

Good work has been done to develop a rigorous internal moderation process to enhance the reliability of achievement information. Moderation of assessment between schools is beginning.

Since the last ERO evaluation the school has:

  • restructured school leadership to build assessment capability across the school with a focus on accelerating the progress of those students who are at risk of not achieving
  • strengthened internal evaluation to show the impact of intervention programmes used in the school
  • ensured more explicit links are evident between the ACE (Abilities, Curiosity, Essentials) programme and the NZC
  • aligned planning and documentation to improve the tracking of students as they progress through the school
  • undertaken school-wide professional development in writing and in science to improve teaching in these areas.

3 Accelerating achievement

How effectively does this school respond to children whose learning and achievement need acceleration?

The school is effective in responding to children whose learning and achievement needs acceleration. The school's key priorities are raising the achievement of children whose first language is not English, and of children with special educational capabilities and needs. In addition, Kia Hiranga Ake has recently been introduced as a plan to raise achievement of Māori and Pacific students.

School leaders know the context of their community and are quick to respond to changes in the achievement data and ensure well considered systems are in place to support children whose learning needs accelerating.

A high priority is placed on maintaining a successful partnership between the school and children's families. Some teachers communicate with and support children and parents in their home languages.

From the time children arrive at the school, teachers are focused on maximising opportunities for them to be successful in their learning. Leaders and teachers use an extensive range of targeted approaches to identify children who are not achieving, and those who require enrichment or have special abilities. Education plans are developed for children with families/whānau, to identify pathways that incorporate children's individual strengths and prior knowledge, and help to build shared understandings of each child as a learner.

School leaders collate and analyse a wide range of data to identify how well programmes suit each student's specific learning requirements. Leaders and teachers have deepened their analysis of assessment data. A wide range of professional development, together with targeted in-class and out of class support, has helped teachers to accelerate progress for those students working below the National Standards.

Learning focused partnerships are evident in the school's reporting to parents. Parents receive very good information about their children’s progress and achievement in relation to the National Standards in reading, writing and mathematics. Parents who spoke to ERO affirmed the opportunities their children have to participate in individual and group learning that enables families to support their children’s learning at home.

4 School conditions

How effectively do the school’s curriculum and other organisational processes and practices develop and enact the school’s vision, values, goals and targets for equity and excellence?

The school's curriculum and other organisational processes and practices are effective in developing and enacting the school's vision, values, goals and targets for equity and excellence. The curriculum is inclusive and responsive to the strengths and interests of each child. Purposeful learning experiences use real life contexts so that students are actively involved in learning. These experiences provide opportunities for students to collaborate with, learn from and facilitate the learning of others. Embedding the Mission Heights 'learner profile' will help children to take more ownership of their learning programme.

Children engage cognitively in challenging and purposeful learning through personalised learning plans and the ACE programme, which provides additional breadth and depth in the curriculum. It offers children choice and targeted support for accelerating their progress and meeting their identified needs. Children value the programme highly and parents who spoke to ERO also affirm the positive impact the programme has had on children's wellbeing as learners.

School organisational structures are interconnected to support learners. Teachers have collective responsibility for children across all learning communities. The 'Mission Heights Inquiry' framework is used by children, teachers and leaders. Senior leaders acknowledge it would be timely to expand this effective model to promote school-wide acceleration for target learners. The senior leadership team continues to provide professional development to help teachers inquire more deeply into their teaching practice.

Extensive learning support through interventions and programmes helps all students access the curriculum. The board of trustees has a commitment to providing resourcing that benefits students and helps to promote equity and excellence. Targeted groups have been identified to address disparity in achievement between boys and girls in particular year levels. This intervention has impacted positively on achievement results.

The school's charter contains goals, targets and actions that are focused on raising student achievement, particularly for children for whom English is an additional language. The goals support equity and excellence through key improvement strategies focused on teaching and learning, and inclusion. Senior leaders should refine targets to focus more deliberately on accelerating the learning of students who are at risk of underachieving. Internal evaluation that focuses on improved outcomes for learners is a worthwhile development.

Children, staff and parents demonstrate a strong sense of pride and cultural identity. School leaders and the board continue to build on the foundation of culturally responsive practices in the curriculum that promote the languages and cultural identities of all children in the school. Senior leaders are committed to strengthening the significance of The Treaty of Waitangi and biculturalism in the school's culture and curriculum.

Teachers and support staff work collaboratively to find new and innovative approaches to stimulate and challenge their students. A continued focus on improvement through professional learning and collegial support is a strong feature. A robust coaching and mentoring model supports teachers' professional practice and growth. The principal's educationally focused leadership and vision guide the continual development of the school's philosophy and teacher practice that is leading to improved learning outcomes for children.

5 Going forward

How well placed is the school to accelerate the achievement of all children who need it?

Leaders and teachers:

  • know the children whose learning and achievement need to be accelerated
  • respond effectively to the strengths, needs and interests of each child
  • regularly evaluate how well teaching is working for these children
  • act on what they know works well for each child
  • build teacher capability effectively to achieve equitable outcomes for all children
  • are well placed to achieve and sustain equitable and excellent outcomes for all children.

Mission Heights Primary School is well placed to continue promoting good practices that foster positive outcomes for children. Strategic and collaborative approaches across school systems, and practices are strongly aligned with the school vison, values and priorities. Improved planning that includes specific strategies for accelerating the progress of Māori and Pacific learners is now in place.

A new leadership structure has created opportunities to grow teachers' individual leadership capability and widen leadership capacity. This leadership emphasises the collective responsibility of the school community to create the conditions in which all children experience success.

ERO and senior leaders have identified relevant priorities for future development that include:

  • the board ensuring that the school's vision is at the forefront of all learning
  • ensuring that interventions are effective in accelerating learning for all children
  • refining achievement targets to ensure that disparity is addressed effectively and reduced
  • deepening teachers' analysis of assessment data and inquiry into their practice
  • extending the values of tikanga Māori and the bicultural identity of Aotearoa New Zealand, throughout the school.

ERO is likely to carry out the next review in three years.

6 Board assurance on legal requirements

Before the review the board of trustees and principal of the school completed the ERO board assurance statement and Self Audit Checklists. In these documents they attested that they had taken all reasonable steps to meet their legislative obligations related to the following:

  • board administration

  • curriculum

  • management of health, safety and welfare

  • personnel management

  • asset management.

During the review, ERO checked the following items because they have a potentially high impact on student safety and wellbeing:

  • emotional safety of students (including prevention of bullying and sexual harassment)

  • physical safety of students

  • teacher registration

  • processes for appointing staff

  • stand down, suspensions, expulsions and exclusions

  • attendance

  • compliance with the provisions of the Vulnerable Children Act 2014

7 Recommendation

ERO recommends that the school continues to demonstrate its commitment to positive outcomes for all children by continuing to build a culture of internal evaluation. 

Graham Randell

Deputy Chief Review Officer Northern

1 December 2016

About the school


Flat Bush, Auckland

Ministry of Education profile number


School type

Contributing (Years 1 to 6)

School roll


Gender composition

Boys 52%, Girls 48%

Ethnic composition


NZ European/Pākehā



South East Asian

other Asian









Review team on site

August 2016

Date of this report

1 December 2016

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

Education Review

October 2013

November 2010