Alternative Education

    Christchurch Alternative Education

    Cashmere High school (CHS) holds the contract with the Ministry of Education to deliver Alternative Education (AE) to students in the Christchurch Secondary Schools Consortium. CHS has contracted 5 private providers and a number of Tertiary Institutions to deliver AE programmes to 120 students.

    Students placed in AE must be on the roll of one of the Christchurch Consortium schools and have been verified as eligible for AE. Those students currently not on a school roll (for example those who have been netted) must be enrolled at one of the eligible schools (see below).

    A placement in Alternative Education means the student learning occurs in an environment other than the school the student is enrolled at. The small group situation involves goal setting, literacy, numeracy, special interest areas, awards, and credits on the National Qualifications Framework.

    The AE programme is delivered each week of the school term. Successful outcomes include returning to mainstream; placement in a youth guarantee course; dual enrolment in a secondary school and a trades academy; and employment.

    Student Verification Criteria for Alternative Education

    To be eligible for Alternative Education, students must be verified by the Ministry of Education. Applications using the AE Verification application form can be submitted by the School Contact Person or Ministry Senior Advisors or Te Kura (The Correspondence School) to the AE Manager.

    Once a student has been verified, two meetings are convened prior to the setting of a start date with an AE Provider. The second meeting is held at the provider’s site.

    Providers of Alternative Education

    For more information , go to

    Eligible Schools

    For a list of schools who can make an application for an AE placement go to


    The Christchurch Secondary Schools Consortium Alternative Education is managed by
    Arthur Sutherland