Turnaround report thrills teachers, board

The Wakatipu High School community has closed the door on a forgettable few years.

After receiving an Education Review Office report this week, principal Steve Hall said teachers and the school board were thrilled with the turnaround since the last time the office visited.

Three years ago, it cited communication and leadership within the school as areas of "significant risk to the smooth operation of the school and the wellbeing of staff and potentially students".

"Urgent development" was needed, the report found.

In the interim, a statutory manager was appointed, principal Lyn Cooper was sacked, reinstated and resigned, and new principal Hall was appointed.

Under his watch the school has changed many leadership positions, engagement with the community has been fostered and a new school uniform adopted.

Now the school was looking forward to the development of a new school at Frankton, scheduled to open in 2018.

"Our energies are on the here and now but we are definitely focused on the future," Hall said.

The report found the 706-student school was "well placed to sustain and improve its performance."

The Southland Times