Alwyn Poole, founder of decile-1 South Auckland Middle School and decile-3 Middle School West Auckland, explains why his former charter schools will stay open today even though they are now state schools with special character.

Tomorrow thousands of teachers walk off the job and it looks like about 2000 schools will close.

Our two State Schools will be fully staffed and fully operational - and for good reasons.


Firstly the children come to South Auckland Middle School and Middle School West Auckland on average two years behind from their previous six years of schooling. They need every minute, hour