An Education Review Office (ERO) report has revealed Bathgate
Park School is thriving in the wake of the Ministry of
Education's 2012 South Dunedin Schools Review.
It is the first time ERO has investigated the school since
Macandrew Intermediate and Forbury School went through a
turbulent merger into the years 1-8 school on the former
Macandrew Intermediate site.
The review effectively asks the question: Is this school's
curriculum promoting pupil learning, engagement, progress and
It found the roll had grown rapidly during the past two
years, and the school valued the diverse cultural backgrounds
of its pupils.
''The principal and staff have worked hard to develop a
positive school culture, pride in the new school and high
expectations for behaviour.
''Adults in the school go the extra mile for children.
''Students who spoke with ERO were very enthusiastic about
their school. They felt that adults in the school cared about
them, their learning and wellbeing.''
The review also found existing buildings had been upgraded to
create a more attractive learning environment, and a new
playground was built especially for the younger pupils.
The main concern raised by ERO was the achievement of many
pupils against the National Standards in reading, writing and
mathematics was low when compared with national figures.
However, the report noted most of the pupils at the school
had transferred from other schools.
A ministry adviser has been working with the school to lift
pupil achievement, and the board and principal saw it as an
urgent priority, the report showed.
''Many of the areas for review and development in this report
had already been identified by the school. This shows that
the board and school leaders are well informed about what is
going well in the school and what they need to do to
Overall, the report found the school was well placed to
sustain and improve its performance, and ERO was likely to
carry out its next review in three years.
Principal Whetu Cormick was delighted with the findings.
''The staff are very pleased with the findings from ERO.
''They reflect the very hard work that they, our parents and
the board of trustees have done over the past two and a-half