19 Sep 2013

Whangaruru charter school aiming for 85% pass rate

7:34 pm on 19 September 2013

One of the new charter schools targeting Maori says it will reach the Government's goal of getting a high number of students to graduate.

Te Kura Hourua ki Whangaruru will operate just south of the Bay of Islands in Northland.

It says by 2017, at least 85% of pupils will leave with a minimum of NCEA level 2.

It says it will cap class sizes to 15 pupils to provide them with more one-to-one time with their teacher.

The bilingual school will be run by Nga Parirau Matauranga Trust.

A spokesperson for the trust, Natasha Sadler, says the kura's results will go beyond what the Government wants.

She says the school's definition of success doesn't stop with Ministry of Education measurements of success.

Ms Sadler says they will also incorporate the wishes of whanau.

She says the school is committed to retaining and engaging students, when it opens on farmland next February.

Nga Parirau Matauranga Trust says it has people with a wealth of experience in the education sector, with staff having worked in state schools, and with the Ministry of Education and the Qualifications Authority.