|Senior School at the base of Mount Tongariro|
22 February 2011
To the Parents and Community of Elsthorpe School
These are the findings of the Education Review Office’s latest report on Elsthorpe School. Elsthorpe School is a three classroom rural primary in Central Hawke’s Bay, set in spacious well maintained surroundings. Students and teachers receive high levels of support from the board and the community. Community pride in the school is demonstrated in the care of the environment, property improvements to support learning and availability of local skill to assist with learning activities. A broad curriculum emphasises student success in numeracy and literacy, and includes opportunities for students to develop their interests in sport and the arts.
Of the 43 students, approximately 25% identify as Māori. A significant majority of students, including Māori, are achieving to National Standards in reading, writing and mathematics. Data shows positive improvements since the beginning of 2010. Teachers use data to appropriately cater for individual needs, and extend and challenge students. Teachers promote student-centred learning. Students work with teachers to understand intended achievements and identify criteria for success. They self and peer assess and identify next learning steps. Students are developing independent learning skills.
The board capably governs the school. From improved analysis and reporting of student achievement, the board sets realistic targets and makes well-informed resourcing decisions. Community consultation, including feedback from Māori parents, assists decision making. A new principal took up tenure from the beginning of 2010. He guides the board in school direction and leads the staff in professional learning and development. Consequently, significant beginnings have been made towards achieving a cohesive schoolwide approach towards implementing The New Zealand Curriculum and National Standards. ERO’s evaluation confirms the board’s findings for its next steps in school improvement. These include the use of achievement data to know the difference the school is making, teachers’ continued professional learning and development towards implementing National Standards and documenting the school curriculum.
ERO is likely to carry out the next review in three years.
This report provides an evaluation of how effectively the school’s curriculum promotes student learning - engagement, progress and achievement. ERO’s evaluation takes account of the school’s previous reporting history and is based on: what is known about student achievement information, including the achievement of Māori and Pacific students; decisions made to improve student achievement using assessment and selfreview information; and teaching strategies and programmes implemented to give effect to the school’s curriculum.
ERO also gathers information during the review to contribute to its national reports. The national reports are published on ERO’s website. If you would like a copy of the full report, please contact the school or see the ERO website, Click Here
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