A tale of two schools

One school has a waiting list, happy teachers, happy students, a happy Principal and provides a top-notch education to at-risk students who were let down by the State school system.

Our new government is committed to closing it and others like it because it is ideologically opposed to Partnership schools regardless of who they help or how successful they are.

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The other school’s unhappy Principal resigned and a number of teachers followed suit. Parents are abandoning the school and are taking their children out yet our new government is keeping it open and the education gazette is advertising all the vacancies including the one for a Principal.

[…] Camberley School principal Tamla Smith resigned from her role late last year, understood to be partially due to ongoing conflicts with the school’s board of trustees.

[…] when Smith resigned, four of the school’s six teachers announced they would be quitting in support, with another retiring. It is not known how many of those resignations still stand.?[…]


In July 2017, the decile-one school had 116 pupils between years 1-6.

ANDRE CHUMKO/STUFF In July 2017, the decile-one school had 116 pupils between years 1-6.

“Parents are going to haul their kids out of there. When there’s disruption, there’s no peace, no unity. Parents are not going to put their children into that environment.”

In complete contrast, parents are lining up to put their children into the Partnership school’s environment but our new government intends to close it and all others like it anyway.?

[…] Kevin Palmer?was appointed limited statutory manager to the school’s board on December 4, in the wake of Smith’s resignation.

[…] Ministry of Education deputy secretary of sector enablement and support Katrina Casey said a number of schools developed difficulties or had unanticipated events that they could not resolve without outside help.

“We always work with schools to support them to resolve problems themselves, and only intervene as a last resort. We have been talking to the board along with others about solutions to a range of issues including a number of resignations of staff at the school. The board has agreed that it needed some additional expertise to assist it.”

Yet no “solutions” have been offered to Partnership schools to allow them to stay open or to ensure that the government honour their existing government contracts with them. Instead, the coalition government is going to force them all to close telling them that they can then apply to become special character schools even though they know full well that there is no pathway to that option and that they all will fail and therefore stay closed forever.

[…] Palmer said the future of the school, which had 116 pupils in July 2017, was “important and assured”, and there was no suggestion it would not be staffed.

This school gets government assurances yet Partnership schools all remain in limbo with no assurances from Education Minister Chris Hipkins.