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Tokomairiro High School in Milton has bounced back with a glowing report from the Education Review Office (ERO) only a year after it received a scathing review.
Last year, ERO criticised the school for failing to engage pupils in learning and for ineffectual procedures for dealing with badly behaved pupils in class. This week, it praised the school for making "significant progress" in addressing issues raised in 2011.
Tokomairiro High School board of trustees chairwoman Jill McIntosh said staff, the board, and the entire community had worked together to improve things at the school.
"We did have some issues that needed to be addressed. We're really thrilled they've signed us off early - in most cases it takes more than a year."
The report said the school now had clear systems and processes for managing student behaviour which was leading to greater consistency in expectations and a successful reduction in behaviour incidents. Classrooms were more settled.
School principal Wayne Edgar, in his fifth year in the role, said the new report recognised the hard work put in by staff and the community.
A statement from Tokomairiro High School board of trustees said the school had developed explicit guidelines and expectations for learning and high quality teaching.
Achievement information for 2011 showed students' achievement at NCEA levels 1 to 3 was sustained at 2010 levels and compared favourably with similar schools, the statement said.
Mrs McIntosh said the school would continue to develop teaching and learning to enhance student achievement.
The next ERO review is expected in 2015.