CBHS hails ERO report despite it raising issues

CHARLEY MANN
Last updated 05:00 08/11/2012
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RESIGNED: Christchurch Boys' High School principal Trevor McIntyre.

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Name Christchurch Boys' High School
Suburb Riccarton
Decile 1
Type High School
Roll 1266
Cost Unknown
Principal Trevor McIntyre
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Christchurch's largest boys' school is pleased with its latest Education Review Office (ERO) report, despite some management issues being identified.

Christchurch Boys' High School's October ERO report noted "some school leadership and management issues need to be resolved to support ongoing school improvement".

Board of trustees chairman Mark Jordan said the report recommended improving communication and clarifying management structure and responsibilities.

"The goal is to further raise the level of student achievement," he said. "We are pleased with the overall findings in the ERO report, which shows the school in a positive light, particularly concerning student engagement and achievement."

Principal Trevor McIntyre said the school was "looking at our management structure to support us going into the next decade".

The school wanted to ensure it was well-placed to "respond to the changing needs of education and renewal in Christchurch", he said.

Problems between Christchurch Girls' High School's board of trustees and sacked principal Prue Taylor had brought school management into the spotlight.

Taylor was fired on Friday after three years of "issues and tensions" that neither party will elaborate on while Taylor fights the dismissal.

Jordan said this was not the case at Boys' High.

"The board is fully supportive of the management team and we work constructively on continuous improvement," he said.

McIntyre said he was "totally in concurrence" with Jordan.

The Boys' High ERO report noted the board and principal worked "in partnership towards common goals".

However, "aspects of leadership and management practices require further development".

In 2009, the ERO recommended the school review "management structures for efficiency, decision-making and accountability processes relating to learning and teaching".

The October report noted the school had "mixed success" addressing the issues.

ERO staff have recommended improving communication inside the school, establishing clear roles, responsibilities and lines between managers and committees, and creating "strong lines of accountability".

The ERO asked the board to file a report by the end of next year to confirm the changes and that school staff confirm "significant improvements" had been made, and it planned to visit the school again in about three years.

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