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Ferguson Intermediate School is a decile 1 school in Otara. The 2015 school roll is 440,22% Maori , 17% Cook Island Maori 58 % Pacific Island and 3 % other students.

 The B.O.T. and staff have placed emphasis on accelerating academic achievement within a safe and caring learning environment. In 2016 all staff will be engaged in vigorous school wide Professional Development in literacy.

3 staff and 16 students have successfully completed the accelerated learning in literacy programme in 2015 and these staff wil​​l continue with this programme in 2016 with an intake of new teachers and students.

 Our current goal is for all students to achieve success and to achieve this we will focus on;


  • The child with emphasis on evidence based inquiry.
  • Colleagues and effective pedagogy 9am to  3 pm , “no excuses”.
  • Community through effective partnership and community.


Our theme which will form the basis of all learning is “New Beginnings” and our first step is to build positive relationships with our community , all schools within our cluster and with all agencies that work in our school.


The school uses STAR Reading, asTTle Maths, asTTle Reading, asTTle English Numeracy Strategy Stages student observation , learning conversations , bookwork and class based tests to assess students and our expectation is for both Year 7 and 8 students to achieve at National Standard in Reading , Writing and Mathematics at the conclusion of the learning at Ferguson at the end of Year 8.


Assessment and teaching practices caters for Maori and Pacific Island students. All assessment data is comprehensively analysed to show Maori and Pacific Island achievement and achievement between boys and girls. Special Needs and ESOL students receive individual and small group teaching from teacher aides, fully qualified teachers, R.T.L.B.s and SES. Student gains are recorded and reported to the B.O.T. regularly.


We report to parents on student achievement during mid-year and end of the year. Parent Interviews are held during July and these will be further supplement with curriculum and other community meetings at least once per term.


Parents will also be encouraged to participate in the “Reading Together “ programme and these will be held during three different times during designated days to cater for working parents as well as those parents who are at home.



Careers Studies is integrated across the curriculum and teaching staff uses the “Key Competencies”  , values and principles in their planning and teaching.