Information for Schools
Riding and horse care sessions for school groups
These are available to book for up to 12 children at any one time. A 1 hour riding lesson costs £100. An additional horse care session can be added for £20.
"The centre is well organised. The staff and volunteers are helpful and informative and most of all the children love riding and looking after horses'" Broadway East
Alternative Provision Placements
At Stepney we have an excellent record of engaging young people who are excluded or at risk of exclusion from school. Our placement program enables young people to attend 9.30-2.30 1-3 days per week. Whilst on placement they gain real life work experience, getting involved in all the different aspects of running the project, from horse care to field maintenance. Horses require a strict routine of feeding, exercise and mucking out and are reliant on the young people for their care. They also dictate an environment of quiet and calm as loud noises or sudden movements frighten them. Young people also thrive in this environment as they realize the importance of punctuality and personal conduct when it is applied to a real-life setting. Young people who lack self confidence and social skills show the most dramatic improvements after spending time with the horses. They quickly gain confidence through acquiring completely new skills. Learning to communicate with the horses through body language improves their communication skills both with horses and humans. Placements have the option of learning to ride - a factor which can be hugely motivating for those who are unwilling or unsure about participating in the horse care. The young people also receive structured training sessions which can be accredited.
How to set up a placement
Please contact Aidan Marsden on 0191 2615544 to discuss a potential placement. Placements are arranged on a half term basis. Demand can be high so it is advisable to call at least 2 weeks before the start of a new half term. Potential placements are then invited in with their teacher or EWO for a informal meeting and a chance to tour the site and meet staff and horses. This is a chance for us to assess the young people's suitability and also for them to decide whether it is the right place for them. If the decision is made to go ahead the young person will be asked to commit to attending either a half day or full day each week for the duration of a half term. After the first half term the placement will be reviewed and renegotiated for the following half term if all parties agree.
Young people require a high level or supervision, support and training whilst at the project. Therefore we ask schools to contribute towards these costs by paying £57.50 per day. The cost may increase depending on the support needs of the individual. Schools will be invoiced at the start of each half term and will be required to pay for the full six weeks.
Accreditation is available to our placements through The British Horse Society and Association of British Riding Schools tests. This type of accreditation is ideal for young people who have experienced difficulties with literacy and numeracy or who do not respond well to a classroom environment. They are assessed on an on-going basis during their time with us.
Visits to Stepney can be arranged for up to thirty children during term time. Themes for the visit can be heritage - the top yard is the oldest working stable yard in Newcastle, sport - riding is a fantastic physical activity for people of all ages, shapes and sizes, or communication - horses respond to body language, a very useful skill to learn! Visits can also be arranged as a reward for excellent behaviour or as an end or term activity. We will do what we can to tailor the day to your needs. For more information contact Reception on 0191 2615544.