Our prime focus is engagement and the development of communication, interaction, confidence, self-esteem, independence and the development of positive relationships with staff, other learners and animals.
We offer a detailed programme of education that can be delivered to suit learners of any age who need an alternative curriculum. Outdoor practical activities, including horse based and animal interaction, and forest activities are used to engage and assist learners in gaining social, emotional and communication skills as well as literacy, numeracy, science and life skills. Students are set individualised targets and progress is monitored regularly with alongside planned pastoral support.
Innovative methods of engaging learners are employed. For example we may have an ‘animal school’ where we teach the animals with the help of the child. In this way the child learns from the content of the lesson whilst listening to and helping with the lesson being delivered to the animals. For others, learning includes developing skills in animal care and horse care, which can be used to facilitate skills and knowledge in literacy, numeracy and science.
Therapeutic ground work and riding may be used to engage learners, to develop communication, self-esteem, self-belief, confidence, increase their independence and develop balance, coordination and core strength. This work can be very powerful and some of our children with autism have increased their verbal communication significantly through these sessions.