Martinborough School is a coeducational state primary school for students in years 1 to 8. While situated in the township, it also serves the surrounding farming and grape-growing areas. The grounds are extensive with mature shade trees and, together with the buildings, provide a well maintained and pleasant learning environment.
The Board of Trustees gives high priority to student achievement in strategic planning. The management team has effectively promoted the use of assessment information to enhance outcomes for students. This consistent approach has fostered shared understandings amongst teachers in a collegial, professional environment.
Teachers make good use of school review processes to guide the collection, analysis and use of achievement information within syndicates and across the school. They use it to group across classes so students with similar needs and abilities work together. A settled tone is apparent in classes and relationships are supportive between students and their various teachers.
A culture of review is evident. Through ongoing reflection, senior managers have identified the need to continue to explore the use of assessment tools and the analysis and use of data. At class level, senior managers will also promote, with appropriate external support, additional focus on formative assessment based on well-analysed achievement data.
A well-developed partnership with parents is evident and there are close links between the school and the community. This includes collaboration with a vineyard enabling all students to participate in the "Primary Pinot - 200 Hands" long-term technology careers project. Additional opportunities for student leadership and experience are fostered through a strong environmental focus and inquiry learning through education outside the classroom.
(Above excerpt taken from our 2010 ERO Review http://ero.govt.nz/Early-Childhood-School-Reports/School-Reports/Martinborough-School-25-02-2010