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The Rowans AP Academy

Inspiring change for a brighter future

Changing Lives Through Horses

Since 2019 we have taken pupils to the Changing Lives Programme run by Squirrels riding school Bluebell Hill.

Changing Lives through Horses aims to improve the lives of disengaged young people, regardless of their background, and give them the opportunity to develop skills that enable them to return to education and/or employment. The aim is to celebrate the powerful impact that horses can have on our society and the unique development of life skills which can help young people for the rest of their lives.

About the programme

Using horses as the inspiration for change, the programme provides an alternative learning environment to mainstream education. The skills developed through the programme meet the requirements of ongoing education and training, employers and participants.

The programme works to develop six key life skills through equestrian activity: Communication, Confidence, Relationships, Teamwork, Responsibility, Personal Achievement.