Timaru Girls' High School has been complimented on its positive school culture in its latest Education Review Office (ERO) report.
A review of the decile five school was carried out in May, with the report released this week.
TGHS principal Sarah Davis was pleased with the findings.
The report stated that a "positive school culture reflects respectful, caring and friendly relationships among students and teachers. Students are proud of belonging to a school that values learning opportunities and achievement across a wide range of academic, sporting and cultural activities. Students told ERO that it was a safe and inclusive environment".
The report recommended areas that the school should focus on in its future planning.
"Teachers could develop ways to extend the use of students' ideas when they review and design teaching and learning programmes.
"The principal and senior leaders have identified the need to develop a more robust programme to meet the needs of gifted and talented students," the report said.
"We had this as part of our early planning for 2013," Mrs Davis said. "This aspect of the review confirmed our existing thinking".
Maori and non-Maori students were found to achieve at a similar level. The report recommended a meeting room for Maori students.
"Students have identified and senior leaders have acknowledged, a need for: a meeting room for them that reflects and supports their culture, a greater visibility of New Zealand's bicultural heritage in the school and extending the teaching of te reo Maori."
The report concluded "the school's values, culture and community engagement and relationships provide a strong foundation for sustaining student learning," but identified a need to develop self review.
"While there are good elements of self review in practice, a next step for the board, principal and senior leaders is to develop a planned approach to self review of school operations making better use of student achievement and progress information."
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