The Education Review Office (ERO) is the government department that evaluates and reports on the education and care of students in schools and early childhood services.
Most recently ERO has reported on St Cuthbert’s College in 2009 and 2015 – you can download these to the right.
Here are some of the highlights from the most recent ERO reports:
“Teaching and learning are underpinned by a coherent, well-structured curriculum…informed by relevant research and by school self-review. The NCEA and IB pathways are equally valued within the school and expectations for achievement are consistently high. Programmes at all levels reflect the school’s stated intentions of providing a learning environment which promotes a personalised learning experience across the five elements of the College Compass. The school’s curriculum affirms New Zealand’s identity and is progressive in its perspectives. It looks inwards, acknowledging and valuing tradition, while also promoting future focused perspectives and innovation across all facets of learning.”
“High academic achievement continues to be a hallmark of the school. School expectations for student success are realised across curricular and co-curricular programmes in the Junior, Middle and Senior School. The school values of respect, caring about others, service, confidence and resilience are highly evident and infuse all aspects of school life.”
“Most students in Years 1 to 10 perform well above national expectations, with significant numbers attaining ratings in the superior achievement bands. NCEA results show extremely high levels of student success. Student achievement has continued to improve since 2006, with increasing numbers gaining merit and excellence endorsements for individual achievement standards and for their NCEA Level 1, 2 and 3 qualifications. Also evident is a particularly impressive rise in the number of students gaining scholarship and outstanding scholarship awards.”
“Teachers are well qualified and model a commitment to working for the common good of students, staff and the wider College community. Effective teaching is reflected in settled, purposeful class environments. Students are highly engaged in their learning and benefit from creative and inspiring teaching. Students know about their learning and have a strong sense of self-efficacy. Their diverse strengths and abilities are well supported, enabling them to achieve their academic, personal and spiritual goals.”
“……the introduction of the ‘Kahunui programme’ for Year 10 students at the school’s new remote campus at Kahunui. This popular programme combines academic studies with a range of challenging outdoor education activities. It teaches appreciation of the natural environment and sustainability concepts, and helps to build students’ resilience, and their self-management and social skills.”
“The promotion of co-curricular activities remains a strength of the school, enabling students to participate in an extensive range of sporting, performing arts, cultural and community service activities. Students experience significant success in these areas and staff make a valuable contribution towards developing students’ creative, artistic and sporting abilities.”
“The Trust Board ensures that students and teachers are provided with high quality premises, equipment and resources. These provisions continue to improve. Developments since the 2009 ERO review include the construction of a Performing Arts Centre and the refurbishment of classroom blocks, to provide flexible learning environments and to support ongoing expansion of the curriculum. Resources are well maintained and used effectively for teaching and learning. Learning opportunities are extended through the thoughtful use of digital technologies.