Golden Grove 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;

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 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 to their being fit and proper persons 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 Golden Grove 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.

Other Matters

Provision for international students

The school is a signatory provider to the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016 (the Code) established under section 534 of the Education and Training Act 2020. The school has attested that it complies with all aspects of the Code and has completed an annual self review of its implementation of the Code. At the time of this review there was one international student attending the school.

Annual self review of provision for international students is well considered and evaluated. The policies are annually reviewed by the manager and board of trustees. The student is fully integrated into the school and its community.

Phil Cowie
Acting Director Review and Improvement Services (Northern)
Northern Region - Te Tai Raki

27 October 2021

About the School

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

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.

Golden Grove School is a private school that caters for children from Years 1 to 8 and is governed by the Golden Grove School Board of Trustees.

2 Criteria for Registration

Golden Grove School continues to offer very good quality education for children from Years 1 to 8. Consistent with the school’s Montessori philosophy, children are supported to feel they are unique and to reach their full potential. The school’s philosophical commitment to peace, community and empowerment is evident in school programmes and learning interactions.

Suitable premises, staffing, equipment and standards of tuition contribute to positive student outcomes. Children experience a suitable curriculum that is consistent with Montessori philosophy, and with the principles and achievement expectations of The New Zealand Curriculum (NZC). The school has two qualified teachers. All staff, including assistants have had training in Montessori teaching and learning practices.

Since the 2012 ERO report, significant renovations have been made to the large villa in which the school is housed. An inviting learning space has been created for children aged 5 to 9 years of age. As a result of this development, older children now have a variety of rooms within which to work. Flexibility in the use of space has provided opportunities for children to explore and extend their capabilities, supported by the school’s broad curriculum. A newly installed playground structure has been designed by students, staff and parents.

The quality of tuition is very good. Teachers use achievement information effectively, including focused observations, to modify their practice and change learning materials to cater for different children’s preferences and interests. Assessments are moderated to ensure consistency of teacher judgements about how well children are achieving in relation to curriculum levels in The NZC. Teachers skilfully support children to be self-regulated learners. Children are well supported to make connections between what they have learnt and their everyday lives.

Well considered policies guide school operations. The grounds and buildings of the school are maintained to a good standard. Classroom spaces are well resourced. Students have ready access to a good range of books and digital devices to support their learning. Good systems are in place to sustain the effective management of the premises and to ensure health and safety requirements are met.

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 Other 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 December 1st 2016.

At the time of this review there was one international student attending the school. 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 Golden Grove School meets the criteria for registration as a private school set out in the Education Act 1989. 

Graham Randell

Deputy Chief Review Officer Northern

7 November 2016

About the School

Location

Onehunga, Auckland

Ministry of Education profile number

604

School type

Full Primary (Years 1 to 8)

School roll

38

Number of international students

1

Gender composition

Boys 19 Girls 19

Ethnic composition

Māori

Pākehā

Indian

Chinese

British

Tongan

other

1

21

3

2

2

2

7

Review team on site

September 2016

Date of this report

7 November 2016

Most recent ERO report(s)

Private School Review

Private School Review

 

December 2012

January 2009