Below is the comment from the ERO team about what they saw as the important features of our school that has an impact on student learning:
Freemans Bay School is an inner-city Auckland primary school that caters for students from Years 1 to 6. The school roll comprises students from multicultural backgrounds many of whom begin the school as new speakers of English. A number of students travel from well out of zone to attend Whānau Ata, the school’s Māori immersion unit. The school’s roll is growing and becoming increasingly transient. The school also continues to make very good provision for students with special learning needs.
The school’s diversity and its complexity are embraced by staff and trustees as both constructive and welcomed distinguishing features. Inclusive and positive approach create an environment where students have a strong sense of belonging and parents engage meaningfully with the school.
The staff and the board of trustees have maintained and developed the school’s long history of being a very community-centred hub that has strong partnerships with both its local and wider communities. The facilities are being improved through an extensive building programme which began in 2010. This will extend the learning and social opportunities that the school provides for its children and the wider community.
The full 2015 E.R.O. report is available on the Education Review Office website.