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  • The Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy
    Avon Tyrrell
    Bransgore
    Christchurch
    Dorset
    BH23 8EE
  • Head: Jane Delves
  • T 01425 673297
  • F 01425 674320
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.fortunecentre.org
  • 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: 33
  • 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.' We had several reports from parents of great gains made in confidence. ‘He wouldn't…

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Director

Since 2017, Jane Delves BEd FCRT Dip Hons BHSAI.

Previous head Jennifer Dixon-Clegg is an ambassador for the school.

Academic matters

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 aim is that pupils leave with increased levels of independence through learning life skills in a way which is meaningful to them. ‘Learning life skills is critical, more so than riding. We do not pretend we are churning out expert riders, although some will go on to win at competitions.' Indeed one former pupil took gold at a national games, and others have won Riding for the Disabled championships.

Pupils follow a three year residential Further...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
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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