The Belsteads School is a school in central Essex for children with moderate to severe learning difficulties and autism. Upon admission to The Belsteads School each child’s needs will be reviewed, based on information received and observations, to determine what the pupil thrives at and how best we can get positive results from that young person. The pupil will then follow a tailored educational programme based around their needs and strengths to enable them to make progress in all areas and prepare them for life after school.
The Belsteads School is situated within 11 acres of paddocks and links directly to a 150-acre nature reserve. The curriculum will take advantage of this countryside setting to deliver onsite Forest School experiences and regular outdoor learning opportunities in the full range of subjects. A neighbouring golf centre will provide opportunities for the pupils to further develop physical, communication and life skills within a safe and accessible community setting.
The school has excellent horse riding facilities on site and will deliver a range of sensory and physical experiences for pupils looking after and riding the horses. The school will be a registered Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) centre providing opportunities for the wider community to become involved with horses and the school. In addition to working with horses, the school will be developing a working smallholding to enable pupils the opportunity to take their learning outside the classroom and really bring it to life.