Carrington Riding Centre

Forest School-Alternative Provision



Posted on 8th March 2022




Our Alternative Provision programme which includes Horses, Dogs & Small Animals has proven to enhance and change the lives of young people who aren’t quite suited to mainstream school.
Here at Carrington Riding Centre, we understand that some young people respond better to our environment and flourish within our surroundings.
If you know a young person who you feel would suit this programme, please call us on 0161 969 5853 to discuss further 🙂
We are based in Carrington, M31 4BH.

What is Forest School?

Forest School is a forms of outdoor education which has enormous value to young people who don’t quite fit into mainstream school.

Forest School takes place in a woodland or natural environment to support the development of a lifelong relationship between the learner and the natural world and makes our centre the perfect place to deliver this initiative.

We aim for our Forest School to promote wellbeing, development and learning as well as instilling resilience, confidence, independence and creative learners by exploring and working in our outdoor environment.

All learners will:

•  explore & discover new and exciting things in our farm and woodland environment
• develop positive relationships with themselves, other people and animals
• develop a strong, positive relationship with their natural world and animals

Our Forest School’s learner-centred approach interweaves with the ever-changing moods and marvels, potential and challenges of the natural world through the seasons to fill every session and programme with discovery and difference. Making each session and every experience a valuable one.

Costs & Timetable

We understand that schools are already under financial pressure so we intend to keep the costs to a minimum in the hope that it will be affordable.

Post 16 – 1-2-1 – £175 Plus VAT

School age from year 7-11— – 1-2-1 – £165 Plus VAT

Our days run between 10am-2pm, Monday –Friday.

Please note that a full terms commitment is required.

Please note our 13-stone weight maximum. Riding is not compulsory

Our Vision

‘To support people to develop the skills,and the desire, to return to education and/or employment’

We passionately believe that horses have a remarkable role to play in the help available to young people when more traditional methods have failed them. The equestrian environment provides a powerful way of inspiring young people to connect, improve well-being and become productive members of society.

With our 531 British Horse Society Approved Riding Centres in the UK, supported by more than 20,000 BHS Instructors, we intend to bring this formidable infrastructure to the forefront of helping young people connect into society through education and employment.

Changing Lives through Horses is a new educational programme which will be shaped over time to provide a wholly sustainable intervention which will change the lives of those it reaches.

Our Mission

The BHS will work in partnership to deliver a programme which meets the needs of disengaged young people, to change their lives through the development of key life skills, and engage them back into society. The success of the programme will be measured through the evidence of change within key skill areas. We will be led by the following core principles:

  • To change lives through horses, dogs, small animals and the outdoors
  • To be sustainable
  • To build effective partnerships to create a world class educationinitiative
  • To be knowledge based
  • To nurture now for the future


Who are the target audience?

The programme will be aimed at young people in secondary school education who would be more suited to an alternative provision to mainstream school. We envisage over time the programme will be expanded to support a wider disengaged community.

If you would like any further information regarding our courses,

please call 0161 969 5853

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