Impact alternative education is our oldest programme. Founded in 2002 it has received recognition for the innovative way that it works with 13 to 16 year olds who have been removed from mainstream schooling having given up on education, those in authority and often on themselves.

Goal – Teenagers believing in themselves again and to gain NCEA Level 1.

By creating an environment of mutual respect, tutors gain the trust of the young person causing barriers to be removed and enabling the young person to focus on learning, resulting in better outcomes being achieved in the classroom.

The strength of our programme is in the balanced mix of gaining practical work-readiness skills, life enriching activities (such as outdoor adventures) whilst continuing to work towards NCEA Level 1 and 2 within a supportive environment.

Our strong focus on gaining practical skills has included chainsaw skills, fencing, attaining learner driver licenses and first-aid certificates amongst others. In addition we provide workshops on a range of topics including drug and alcohol abuse, anger management and personal health. Students are also assisted with CV preparation and are supported into the workplace.


“When I was 14 years old I was kicked out of school for huffing gas, assault and other bad behaviour. When I was kicked out of school I came to a place that I thought I would never fit into. But I found a place that changed me a lot and that place was Impact”.  Hehu – Impact Student


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