Riding High at Ormiston

A BTEC First Certificate in Horse Care was introduced to students at Ormiston Park Academy this year.

Three years ago, the course wasn’t successful but this time there has been a very enthusiastic response.

There are twenty spaces for the first twenty students that sign up for the course, and competition has been tough.

The course is an additional course to their regular weekly timetable, carried out once a week after school, and produces very good grades.

Last year, Ormiston Park Academy was featured in the ‘Good Schools Guide’ for the best horse-riding course, and this year, they are hoping to achieve the same, especially as the response has been immense.

The course provides a personalised work-related programme of study that covers key knowledge and practical skills required in the equine industry.

All full time equine learners participate in equine yard duties throughout the year alongside their main programme of study. It is therefore crucial that they are compassionate individuals, that are dedicated and committed.

The course introduces students to a range of horse management settings.

Assessment criteria is taught through practical and theoretical lectures, practical duties and work experience. They gain experience in a range of equine based activities, through theory work and work experience. As well as the broad themes of science, equine skills and business management, the courses also enable the students to develop supervisory and other management skills.

Tess Walker, Head Teacher at Ormiston Park Academy said, “We cannot believe how popular the course introduction has been this year, especially as our pupils seem more interested in the latest gadget, rather than country pursuits. It just goes to show, never judge a book by its cover.”

YourThurrock will be going down to the stables after easter.

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