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A rare chance to study horses at school

25 May 2012


Staindrop School in Co Durham is unusual among secondary schools in offering study for a BTec Extended Certificate in Horse Care (equivalent to two GCSE’s A*-C).  Staindrop is a very rural school – many students have their own horses and some have enjoyed success at HOYS and PC/RC championships. 

Remarkably, 45 students in total follow the programme which has been running for four years, led by Assistant Head-teacher Alyson Carr.  The students have visited Farnley Farm to cover the Clipping Horses element of the syllabus, ably coached by BHS Cleveland Chair Jill Horseman BHSAI.

Students are also encouraged to take their BHS Riding and Road Safety Test – they are trained by BHS Regional Road Safety Officer Margaret Hedley BHSII and have enjoyed a 100 percent pass rate.

The school is keen to secure work-placement opportunities for students – please contact Alyson for more details

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