The first of five controversial charter schools was opened today by Prime Minister John Key, in South Auckland.
South Auckland Middle School (SAMS) is co-educational, caters for years 7 – 10 and is particularly focused on Maori and Pacific students. It will begin its first term next week with a role of 110.
Called partnership schools by the government, the programme was part of a confidence and supply agreement with ACT, and offers an alternative education for parents looking for something different for their children, Key said.
“I think this is important because it gives parents choice. It is just one small addition to the education system in New Zealand,” Key said.
Five new schools in some of the most deprived areas.
The new charter school in Manurewa features a four-hour academic morning, while the afternoon is devoted to sport, music and culture.
It’s that flexibility which is important for charter schools.
“The strength in the system is that you are contracting for performance and if you don’t get that performance then you can cease to continue with the contract,” Key said.
More accountability than standard schools.
The school’s website is here.