ERO gives school stamp of approval

22:14, Jan 24 2013

Geraldine Primary School has received a glowing Education Review Office (ERO) report.

The report said the board, principal and staff had established a positive school culture.

"This has created a learning environment and practices that are supportive and inclusive of all students."

It said the board, principal and teachers made effective use of achievement information to reach their decisions.

"A particular strength of the school is its responsiveness to students' needs."

The office suggested further analysis by the board of achievement information to further support planning and programme initiatives, and better reflecting in key school documents, such as the strategic plan, on the range of improvement targets evolving from the information staff gather.


Achievement in reading was particularly strong at the school, the report said.

"Student achievement patterns are highest in this area with many achieving above the national standards.

"The recent tracking of a group of year 6 students showed they had made accelerated progress in reading during their time at the school."

It recommended the school's curriculum guidelines were extended to further clarify expectations and better reflect the "uniqueness of the school and its community".

"Currently some of these guidelines do not include a number of existing practices or show clearly enough how some aspects of the New Zealand curriculum are to be taught."

ERO is expected to return to the school in three years.

The Timaru Herald