The Correspondence School
|The Correspondence School
Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu
|Private Bag 39992,
Wellington Mail Centre,
Lower Hutt 5045
11 Portland Crescent,
|Type||State co-ed correspondence school|
|Ministry of Education Institution no.||498|
|Chief Executive Officer||Mike Hollings|
|Socio-economic decile||not given by ERO|
Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu or Te Kura (formerly The Correspondence School) is New Zealand's largest school with around 25,000 students enrolled each year, from early childhood to secondary level. It is headquartered in Portland Crescent in Thorndon, Wellington. In addition to its ordinary full-time students, Te Kura provides programmes to students at other state-owned schools where a subject is unavailable, and to adults. Te Kura is Ministry of Education funded.
The school began in 1922 with 100 primary level students, expanding into secondary education in 1928 with 50 students and into early childhood education in 1976. When the school was first established in the 1920s, parliamentarians referred to the founding vision as " a school for the benefit of the most isolated children, for example of lighthouse keepers and remote shepherds living upon small islands or in mountainous districts". The same parliamentary debate on TCS also described it as "a school of last resort, ensuring that no matter where he lived every child should have as full an education as he was capable of achieving".
The school began a significant review of its services under the leadership of Debbie Francis (CEO January 2004 - July 2006) during which time the school was restructured. A $6 million annual deficit was corrected primarily through reducing the number of salaried staff - amongst other strategies. Further to this, the school developed a Differentiated Services Model for its full time students.
Mike Hollings commenced in the position of CEO from August 2006 after completing a contract as the CEO of New Zealand Education Review Office (ERO). Further restructuring was undertaken at the end of 2007 when the school commenced the adoption of a more regionally focused model.
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