We have just received our confirmed report from the Education Review Office. ERO have introduced performance standards for the six aspects of a school that influence student outcomes. They use this to make a final overall judgement of a school’s performance selected from: Strong, Well placed, Developing or Needs developing.
We are thrilled to let our community know that ERO have assessed Selwyn at the highest possible level – STRONG. In other words, Selwyn is SOARING!
ERO have substantiated their overall judgement with an array of glowing statements about the purpose, life and soul of our school. They identify our ‘Key strengths’ as:
· leadership that promotes positive connections and relationships that actively support equity and excellence for all learners
· a positive school culture that responds to students’ needs, promotes their wellbeing and supports their learning success
· a broad and relevant curriculum that allows students to access meaningful pathways
· the strategic focus on building professional capability and capacity that promotes collaboration across the curriculum to help raise achievement
These key strengths are developed more fully in the report. Quotes include:
There is a common understanding and language of learning at the school. Leaders, teachers, trustees and students have collective ownership of learning. Effective processes to track and monitor student achievement and a collaborative inquiry process support shared understandings about students’ learning needs and progress.
NCEA data show that most students achieve NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3, and University Entrance (UE). Merit and Excellence endorsements in NCEA Levels 1 and 2 have increased over the last five years.
The school’s inclusive learning culture helps all students participate and succeed in a breadth of learning experiences.
School leaders are highly strategic and focused on future improvement. They promote a collaborative, respectful learning culture. Leaders build and maintain relational trust at every level of the school community.
Students benefit from the school’s positive and inclusive culture. Respectful and affirming relationships between teachers and students are highly evident and create positive expectations for teaching and learning. This culture forms a solid foundation that motivates learners to participate, contribute and progress.
Learning-centred relationships engage and involve the school community. Reciprocal communication between the school and its community supports and strengthens these relationships. Learning focused partnerships enable parents and whānau to contribute to the curriculum and school direction. Students’ engagement is increased through these partnerships.
Effective pastoral care and learning support systems and processes help to nurture students’ wellbeing, increase their engagement and reduce barriers to learning. An extensive network of mentors, heads of houses, and counsellors provide comprehensive support for students.
The board of trustees is strategically focused on promoting equity and excellence. Trustees work collaboratively with school leaders. A well-designed strategic plan supports progress towards a shared vision. Trustees are well informed about student achievement and school priorities. This information supports the board’s decision-making about resourcing, personnel and professional development.
You can read the full version of our ERO report on our website www.selwyn.school.nz