Progress at school gains ERO praise

Wakatipu High School's principal is delighted by the school's latest Education Review Office report.

The report, released this week, praised the school, which caters for 700 pupils.

Before principal Steve Hall's tenure began in 2012, the school had been criticised by the ERO in 2011. Mr Hall said there had since been ''lots of effort and determination'' by committed people.

''We are absolutely delighted.''

The positive review was ''just so important for the school''.

The damning 2011 report led to the eventual resignation of then principal Lyn Cooper.

''In those circumstances the fact that it shows such considerable progress since that last proper report is important and therefore really satisfying for the board, for the staff and the community.''

He credited changes in senior leadership, ''not just me'', and ultimately ''a whole lot of things have come together to make a difference''.

The school displayed ''effective teaching strategies'', the latest report said.

It also noted pupils were ''keen participants in the wider life of the school'', the school was becoming more effective in promoting and supporting educational success for Maori pupils, and the board had a ''good balance of longer-serving and newer trustees''.