Teen Parent Schools in New Zealand


Whaimana Ako Teen Parent Unit


Education is Key

Whaimana Ako is Stratford High School’s TPU and was established in 2000. It was originally run by community learning centre but in 2010 a new building was purpose-built on the school premises, which also houses Koru Kindergarten, an Early Childhood Centre. Our students range from year 9 to year 13 or aged between 13 and 19 years.

Our programmes are designed specifically to give young parents an opportunity to improve their future employment prospects, and to assist in the education for their child(ren). All students are on an individual education plan which allows them to reach their next step, whether that is employment or further study.


Facilities & Services

The TPU can have up to 25 students on the roll at any one time. Transport is provided for the students and their children to and from school. We currently have two 12 seater vans, and pick up from all areas around Mt Taranaki.

Students are provided breakfast and morning tea and lunch is part of the Food and Nutrition programme and students are encouraged to participate in the meal planning, grocery shopping and also preparation of the meals.

A nurse practitioner visits the unit weekly and provides a free and confidential service for all students. The Early Childhood Centre – Koru Kindergarten is joined to the TPU and can cater for up to 35 children. The Centre is run by Kindergarten Taranaki.


Education Opportunities

Our primary provider is ‘Te Kura’ (Correspondence School). Students are also able to attend mainstream classes at Stratford High School. Our programme is designed to give a formal education in an informal environment. NCEA level 1, 2 or 3 is our focus.

Students study four core subjects; usually Numeracy, Literacy and two others. In addition to the four correspondence subjects, students have opportunities to study work related unit standards such as; National Certificate in Retail skills, National Certificate in Early Childhood Education, National Certificate in Computing and National Certificate in Travel and Tourism.

We offer FREE to all students the opportunity to gain their driver’s licence, including driving lessons, and their comprehensive first aid certificate. We also offer activities such as art, craft, kiwi sport and other life skills throughout the year.


Staff Credentials

We have two head teachers – Tracey Burnell and Stacey Seyb. Tracey’s main subjects are Career planning and Budgeting and Stacey’s main subjects are Early Childhood and Visual Art. We also have a part-time teacher, Riejanne Campbell whose main subjects are Technology and Tourism.