Carrington Riding Centre

Independent School





Our Vision

‘To inspire young people to connect with society through working with horses, dogs and other small animals as well as appreciating the outdoors’
We want our children and young people to be the best they can be within an environment that is suited to them.
We focus upon practical skills as well as academic standards which are equally important to help develop their independent skills that will enable them to achieve and stand out as valued members of their Communities


The Mission

‘To give young people, regardless of their background, the opportunity to progress their education and develop the skills that are suited to them.’

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 education initiative
  • To be knowledge based
  • To nurture now for the future


Who is the Programme for?

The programme is aimed at participants from year 7-13 who have become, or are at risk of becoming disengaged, from mainstream education, or training. Participants who have benefitted from the programme include those with learning difficulties, anxiety, depression, and those dealing with bereavement or those dealing with abusive pasts. Participants aren’t required to have previous experience with animals and the outdoors, just a passion to learn and a want to engage in our environment.



Our Values and Ethos — Believe and Succeed



Our dedicated, motivated and well-trained staff create a caring and safe environment where the needs of every young person is addressed and where every child is supported and encouraged to excel.


Everyone in our school is valued equally, whatever their roles, abilities, beliefs, sexual preferences or needs are. We believe every individual is special and their unique qualities are recognised and celebrated in our school.


We strive to ensure that the physical, emotional, academic and mental health needs of all members of our school community are met, and to do this we rely on the support our pupils families, carers and a range of external agencies.


Changing Lives Independent School offers a broad range of facilities based in a farm environment which supports our pupils learning and nourishes their emotional growth. At each stage in their learning, our pupils are supported and nurtured allowing them to fulfil their potential in every area.


Through commitment and dedication to their studies, our students acquire the knowledge, skills and independence needed to help them adapt to the different challenges that they will face in school and in life’s journey and support them as they move towards achieving their personal and academic goals.


We recognise and celebrate each individual pupil’s achievement in learning and behaviour and the many contributions they make to the school community.


We support our young people to gain the knowledge, skills and understanding to help them on their journey through school and beyond.



Promoting Fundamental British Values

In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.

The Key Values are:

  • democracy
  • rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect
  • tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs


Statement of Curriculum Intent 

Our curriculum aims to provide our students with educational success and to prepare them for the next stage in their lives. It has been designed with the following: 

Curriculum Principles – We will provide a curriculum which:

  • Is high quality and ambitious for all, giving students access to a broad range of academic and vocational subjects as well as fostering creativity 
  • Is based on the National Curriculum but is adapted at a whole-school and subject level to ensure we can meet the needs of our learners 
  • Has a strong focus on personal and social development 
  • Is inclusive, setting high expectations of all learners  
  • Provides all students with the opportunity to develop the essential skills for life 
  • Ensures progression is an integral part of the curriculum design 
  • Includes English, Maths, PHSE, Science, RSE and Life Skills in Functional Skills and GCSE where applicable
  • Extra Curriculum can be discussed


Definition of LearningLearning is a persistent change in knowledge. At Changing Lives, we understand learning as both a process and a product:

We refer to learning as something we do, as well as something we end up with. We define the process of learning as thinking and the product of learning as knowledge.  

Intent –The curriculum we provide will allow our students to know more, remember more and do more. They will learn:

  • a broad range of powerful knowledge in key national curriculum subjects 
  • how to read, write and communicate confidently 
  • about the principles of fluency in mathematics 
  • how to be critical thinkers  
  • to respect and celebrate individuality and diversity  
  • how to be resilient in the face of adversity and challenge 
  • how to understand and manage their emotions 
  • how to recognise risks and identify benefit and harm 
  • about different career pathways and the skills and knowledge required to be successful 
  • about the culturally rich communities in which they live 
  • how to respect and care for animals and their needs


Sample Time Table

KS3 Example

KS4 Example


Accessibility Plan

Admissions Policy

Anti-Bullying Policy

Behaviour Policy

Careers Education Policy

CCTV Policy

Child Protection Policy

Children with Health Needs who cannot attend school Policy

Children with Medical Conditions Policy

Complaints Policy

Curriculum Policy

Equality and Diversity Policy

Exclusion Policy

Fire Drill Checklist

Fire Emergency Evacuation Policy

Fire Evacuation Procedure

First Aid Policy

General GDPR Policy

Health and Safety Policy

NQT Induction Policy

Ofsted Inspection Report–Changing Lives Independent School 

Online Safety Policy

Raising Concerns / Whistleblowing Policy

Relationships and Sex Education Policy

Safeguarding Children Transgender Policy

Safer Recruitment

SEND Policy and Information

SMSC Policy

Staff Capability Policy

Staff Code of Conduct Policy

Staff Disciplinary Procedures

Staff Grievance Policy

The Prevent Duty

Attendance Policy 2023-24

SEN Policy 2023-24

SEND Information Report 2023-24


2023-24 TERM DATES

Calendar 2023-24


By Road (from M60)

We are situated just off Junction 8 of the M60. Once off the motorway, follow the A6144 until you come to the second crossroads, take the left (CRC is signposted at this junction) and follow this down until you come to a left turn at the end. A barrier prevents you from travelling further down Isherwood Rd after this turn (so you must turn left).


Public Transport

Our farm is accessible by bus. Buses: 241, 243 and 255 run to the nearest bus stop. It is then a 15–20-minute walk down Isherwood Rd to the farm.


Sat Nav

Alternatively, if you use a Sat Nav, our address is:

Nursery Farm,

Isherwood Rd,



Please be aware that while this will bring you into our vicinity, it is not likely to bring you directly to the doorstep. Please familiarise yourself with the map(above) before setting off.








Head Teacher:

Deputy Head Teachers: &






Head Teacher: Ali Tottem

Nursery Farm,

Isherwood Rd,




Proprietor: Kevin Groos

Nursery Farm,

Isherwood Rd,