Alternative Education Provision
Opened in 2014 to provide a riding school which prioritises the welfare of its’ ponies and students, we found that we were
attracting children and young adults with anxiety, ASD, ADHD, other SEN, and those who were home educated or currently not
attending school for emotional reasons. The way we teach has proven extremely beneficial to their confidence and
communication skills and we are extending this side of our business further to offer alternative education provision to schools
and home educators.
Set in six acres of pasture overlooking beautiful countryside on the edge of the Cotswolds near Crawley village we are easily
accessible from Witney and the A40.
We can provide individuals or small groups with child centred, activity lead education using horses and the countryside to
develop confidence, focus, communication skills, self-esteem, motivation, assertiveness, empathy, and to improve mental
wellbeing and physical fitness.
Each session will be planned and reviewed by us in collaboration with the referring organisation and tailored to the individual
students’ needs and required learning outcomes. We already have our own ethical horsemanship curriculum in place to cover
stable management, groundwork and riding, and could include the following as required:
ASDAN short course in animal care
Trick training with the horses
Liberty sessions with the horses
Academic subjects such as maths, and science
Individual £55 per hour. Group of 2, £50 each per hour.
Group of 3, £45 each per hour. Group of 4, £40 each per hour.
Available for up to 5 hours between 9.30am and 3pm Wednesdays-Fridays.
Some pupils may need a member of staff to attend with them and this would be discussed with the referring organisation as
part of the initial risk assessment.
We have a fully trained safeguarding officer and all of our staff are DBS enhanced checked and fire safety trained.
There is at least one qualified first aider on site at all times.
Liz James, owner and founder of Witney Pony Partners. See the about me page.
Lorraine Spencer, alternative education lead.
Lorraine has helped out at WPP since it’s foundation and owns two of our ponies.
She has a background in child care, domiciliary care and has worked with children and adults with SEN. She spent three years
working with children with additional needs for the Children’s society, seven years as a childminder and ten years working with
people with mental health issues and additional needs.
Level 2 Understanding autism
Level 2 Working with people with mental health issues
Level 3 Recognising and supporting children with SEN
Level 3 Managing behaviours
Level 3 Diploma Children and young people's workforce