Working alongside our local secondary schools we have now developed several programmes to fulfil the pupils’ varying needs.
With an emphasis on participation and personal development, teenagers participate in the SQA Level 4 Certificate in Personal Development Through Horsemanship, 1 week per term.
We are also now working with both year and house groups to develop leadership and teambuilding skills in line with school values.
By working with HorseBack staff and mentors, attendees experience personal growth and are inspired to look for a more positive future. With its varied syllabus participants learn a set of basic values and to operate within a team.
Emphasis is given to leadership and communication skills. Through stable chores, groundwork and riding of the horses they learn how to treat the horses and thus themselves and others. The success of the programmes run to date prove that if young people can be persuaded to re-engage with the educational process they can move forward and fully participate in life.
‘WORKING, SUPPORTING, ACHIEVING TOGETHER.’
BANCHORY ACADEMY AND HORSEBACK UK – A BRIEF HISTORY.
Since 2012 Banchory Academy and HorseBack UK have worked together on a variety of different projects. These projects have allowed both Banchory Academy and HorseBack UK to organically develop a very special working relationship. This relationship, enhanced year upon year, as each party develops a greater understanding of each other’s organisation.
We have challenged stereotypes, overcome educational and physical disability, we have developed an excellent educational work programme, built on pupils wider achievements through leadership, challenged pupils both physically and mentally developing resilience and teamwork in the across Scotland challenges. Each project has worked hard to develop skills for learning, skills for life and skills for work and continues to see pupils involved in these projects go on to positive and sustained destinations from school.
This working relationship has been the most positive educational experience that I have been involved with in almost 20 years of secondary education. We are now looking at opportunities to take the next steps and improve what we have developed.
Deputy Rector, Banchory Academy.
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The success of the programs run to date prove that if young people can be persuaded to re-engage with the educational process they can move forward and fully participate in life.