Our focus is to have all school leavers move to employment or higher education.


This course is offered to students 15 years and over. We work in partnership with farming, land based and forestry companies. Included in the course are Numeracy and Literacy programmes at Level 1 and core generic life skills standards. This course can lead directly to employment in related sectors.

Vocational Pathway: Landskills


In partnership with Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology and Te Wananga o Aotearoa, BOPTA provides Level 1,2 and 3 Trades courses that support students to experience success through:

  1. Tertiary Trades Training while in High School.

  2. Hands-on learning.

  3. Improved pathways into trades employment, apprenticeships, and/or further training that supports the Bay of Plenty’s regional growth.

Vocational Pathway: Trades


Gateway is an opportunity for students to spend time in a working environment. Students are able to self-select an industry then be linked to a business to experience the reality of working life. Part of the programme includes Health and Safety courses, first aid and working on industry focussed units. All the credits gained from the different sources increases students employability and helps to create a useful CV.

Vocational Pathway: Gateway


Service Academy was introduced in 2014. It provides selected Year 12 students with a disciplined and structured military approach to education. Students also attend a series of camps run by the New Zealand Defence Force designed to instil motivation, self-discipline and leadership. Students complete Level 2 standards in English, Mathematics, Physical Education and Life Skills.

Vocational Pathway: Service Academy

SPECIAL NEEDS                                                     

Our Special Education Centre provides for students with special needs. An individual education plan is formulated in partnership with families and Special Education advisers and students take part in a variety of learning opportunities at school and in the community. Students can work in our production garden, access the sensory garden, utilise the bike track and fitness trail as well as all other facilities in the school.




The Whare Akonga plays a major role in enhancing our students’ literacy and numeracy skills within a collaborative learning programme that utilises a Kaupapa Māori learning environment of whanaungatanga, manaakitanga, tangata whenuatanga, wānanga and ako ki te ako. Experienced staff are able to assess individual students then create and deliver appropriate programmes.

Tel: 64-7-308-8159


Arawa Road, Whakatane



We are committed to our core values of 

Quality Work and Respect for Others, that draw on the strength and courage of our motto

– Kia Manawa Nui –

Be Courageous.

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