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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.fortune.ac.uk/
  • A special independent school for pupils 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 Inter-denominational
  • Fees: £60,000 - £100,000 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 school says...

The Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy (FCRT) works with horses to help people with learning difficulties and disabilities to learn life skills. The residential FETH Course enables students to transfer skills that they want to learn into skills they need to learn, thereby developing the ability to lead more independent lives.

The skills learned on the course improve literacy, numeracy and communication, broadening social horizons and relationships at home, at the FCRT and in the wider community. Students become more competent in daily living. They increase in self care and awareness and learn how to approach household tasks, including cooking and laundry. They learn safety awareness, personal money management, how to use public transport and benefit from the opportunity for work experience.

An equine based setting is eminently suited to providing the context and motivation for learning in practical ways rather than in a conventional classroom setting. The way in which the FETH Course operates naturally promotes health and fitness.
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What The Good Schools Guide says

Director

Since 2017, Jane Delves BEd FCRT Dip Hons BHSAI. Originally from Surrey, studied a Bachelor of Education at West London Institute of Higher Education (now Brunel University) before teaching at various special schools. A keen rider, Jane grew up around horses but had no formal training when she accepted a teaching job at FCRT in 1991. FCRT supported her equine studies and she was promoted to head of education in 1998. Lives 20 miles away with her own horses and spends any free time riding in the New Forest.

Parents were unanimous: ‘The head teacher is exceptional.’

Academic matters

A special independent school for 16 to 25 year-olds with learning difficulties, autism, mild physical disabilities and mental health needs. For students who have found progress in traditional classrooms difficult, FCRT provides an alternative...

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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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