CLS provides an environment where students who have been disengaged from education for a variety of reasons have the opportunity in a smaller learning environment to flourish, develop confidence and grow. Our staff are passionate to see students switched onto learning and developing their potential. Students and teaching staff form strong relationships and planning and teaching is continually reflected on to see where improvement to practice can further capture and switch students on to learning both individually and collaboratively.

We count it a privilege to be able to work alongside our students and whanau to build on our students strengths and abilities to further them in their educational and transition pathways.


Our Story

In August 2007 Creative Learning Scheme celebrated 10 years of providing alternative education with a celebration performance entitled ‘Our Story’. Well over 100 past and present students of Creative Learning Scheme were involved in the performance which dramatised the development of Creative Learning Scheme.

Creative Learning Scheme was initiated in 1997 by Equippers Church, as a response to finding that some of its youth members were not attending school. The youths were alienated from the mainstream formal system, and so the church youth pastor at the time, Simone Graham, began a ‘Creative Learning Scheme.’ The programme was launched at the Mercury Theatre, where a group of 15 youths received basic education from an army of volunteers; the programme also made use of the theatre, with the students working towards a performance.

Ministry of Education funding for Alternative Education in 1998 resulted in Creative Learning Scheme providing education in multiple sites across Auckland.

Creative Learning Scheme has gained much experience in providing an educational intervention for youth, equipping them to make decisions for their the next step with their education and transitions pathways.

Our Vision

We aim to provide breakthrough education that leads to personal transformation.


We Believe

  • developing and sustaining positive relationships provides the foundation necessary for learning
  • every student is capable of learning and attaining success
  • learning needs to be creative, enjoyable, and individualised as
  • much as possible
  • learning occurs in environments that are safe and supportive