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  • The Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy
    Avon Tyrrell
    BH23 8EE
  • Head: Jane Delves
  • T 01425 673297
  • F 01425 674320
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  • A special independent school for boys and girls aged from 16 to 25 with learning difficulties, autism, mild physical disabilities and mental health needs.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Dorset
  • Pupils: 34
  • Religion: Christian
  • Fees: £50,000 - £85,000 pa, depending on level of support required
  • Open days: Spring and Autumn
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Dispel any ideas that this education package is about learning horsemanship. Instead the horses are a means to educate and develop pupils who are difficult to reach through traditional classroom methods. The scents of horses, leather, and feed are rich – but this works surprisingly well for some sensory overloaded pupils. ‘Some are much more relaxed when inhaling the aromas around horses,’ says Dixon-Clegg. We had several reports from parents of great gains made in confidence. ‘He wouldn't…

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Since 1990, Jennifer Dixon-Clegg. However, her association with the centre goes back to childhood – mother was the co-founder and original principal, and Dixon-Clegg began volunteering here as a sixth former. A former nurse, mum to a big family, and inevitably horsey, these roll into the package you might expect of a practical, pragmatic head, unafraid to muck in or call a spade a spade. And she has the authority ordained by her deep association with the centre to refuse to mould the provision to tick Ofsted boxes when that is not in the best interest of her students.

Chatty, interesting, and opinionated – don’t expect a short visit but you certainly won’t be bored. Evidently a hands-on head – during our visit she shot off a couple of times to...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory Y
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges Y
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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