Education Review Office (ERO) is conducting a review of
Carisbrook Heights (the former Calton Hill school) to assess
its future viability.
The review will form part of an investigation which will help
the Carisbrook School board of trustees and the Ministry of
Education to decide later this year whether the school will
Carisbrook School was established at the end of 2011, as a
result of a merger between Caversham, College Street and
Calton Hill schools.
At the time of the merger, Education Minister Hekia Parata
decided the new school would operate across two sites, the
main site being on the former Caversham site, now known as
Carisbrook Main, and a second campus at Calton Hill, now
known as Carisbrook Heights.
Ministry of Education enablement and support sector head
Katrina Casey said the minister had indicated at the time the
operation of the split site should be reviewed at the end of
2014, first by ERO and then by the ministry.
In 2013, the ministry funded an external facilitator to
assist the board with community consultation about the future
operational structure of Carisbrook School, she said.
No decisions had been made as a result of this.
ERO was in the process of reviewing the school, and its
report had not yet been publicly released, she said.
Ms Casey said Carisbrook School was operating as a split site
Any decision about the future of the site would need to be a
board of trustees decision, supported by the ministry.
''There is no decision required to close the school, because
it no longer operates as a separate school.
''It belongs to a merged school that operates from two
sites,'' she said.
Principal Ben Sincock said Carisbrook Heights had 45 pupils
He said he and the board of trustees would like to see a copy
of the ERO report on the school before making any comment
about the future of the facility.