Horse Riding and the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA)
The Belsteads School has excellent horse riding facilities on site with a menage and several paddocks for the horses to enjoy. We have formed a positive link with the RDA and have become a designated centre to enable our pupils and the local community to have an opportunity to access the benefits of riding and working with horses.
Where appropriate we integrate horse riding into each pupil’s bespoke curriculum and encourage each pupil to be involved. We find that some of the children connect extremely well with horses and have seen that riding provides physical benefits alongside helping them develop friendships, relationships and social skills.
L.O.T.C Learning Outside The Classroom
Taking full advantage of the eleven acres of Essex countryside by embedding weekly learning outside the classroom lessons for all pupils. Our Forest School sessions include a variety of objectives starting from turn taking games all the way through to using tools and fire. With two forest school practitioners onsite there is never a shortage of learning going on outdoors.
Learning outside the classroom also encompasses horticulture, our pupils take to the raised beds and learn all about preparing, planting, caring for and harvesting vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers. not to mention all the cross curricular links to biology and nutrition.
Our flagship programme is the Jack Petchey Achievement Award Scheme, which recognises outstanding young people aged 11-25 across London and Essex.
Jack Petchey Achievement Award winners are young people who have gone above and beyond to achieve – perhaps when others thought they might fail.
Music plays an important role within the school community. A way to relax, be creative, improve esteem and most importantly, enjoy. Pupils get the opportunity to practice alone or play as part of a group, with drums, piano, guitar, ukulele and bass.
Also on offer is the chance to record using a range of hardware and industry standard recording software. giving our pupils an insight into a professional recording environment.
Hello, My name is Margot and I come to The Belsteads School everyday. I like going to lessons or having a story read to me but most of all, I love playing fetch and going for a walk.