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Brambles Country College provides learning outside the classroom based on our 8 acre smallholding. We have large barns and outside paddocks where the animals live. We have a large range of animals who live together as a community. The outside farmyard and paddocks have Pigs, Goats, Rheas, Pony’s and Sheep all living together in harmony.

Inside we have a number of rooms and studios which are used for practical farm based activities in animal care, artwork, horticulture, woodwork, photography and general study. There is a large secluded sensory garden for relaxing and quieter activities.

 “Brambles is an idyllic place to live and learn.”

Quote from a visiting teacher

Vocational Learning
Our main aim is to offer a transition path for children and young people, starting at any point with progression to suit individual aims and capabilities. We specialise in providing inclusive supported learning for those with Special Educational Needs such as Learning Difficulties, ADHD, Autism, Trauma and Disaffected backgrounds and those who are home educated.

  • Foundation Study Programme (NEW for school year 2015-16 !!!)
    Accredited by City & Guilds, AptEd and EdExcel.

    12 month Full Time (600 hours/3 days per week) for Young People 16-18 years (16-24 for those with an EHLP).Subjects include Work-based Animal Care, Functional Skills in Maths and English, Character development.

  • Foundation Learning
    AQA accredited Unit Awards Scheme.

    Usually students join for a term at a time, and at least 1 day a week, to give them consistency and time to instil what they have learned, with ongoing assessments to monitor and reward progress.

    Subjects include Animal Care, Functional Skills in Maths and English

Living with Farm Animals

Short courses for school classes, years 5-9, and special needs groups.

Smallholder Introduction

1 day course for Adults wanting to learn about the intricacies of looking after farm animals.

1:1 and Group Animal Assisted Therapy

Please see our Brambles Living Farm website to see how 1:1 and group Animal Assisted Therapy can help young people get the most out of their lives.  We aim to engage their personal strengths, give a reason to get out of bed, and then move forward with personal and interpersonal life skills which then leads to basic work-life skills.
If appropriate young people can then move on to further learning through the courses at Brambles Country College, either starting with small demonstrated progression steps of AQA unit awards or directly onto Foundation Learning Programmes.

For further information contact Julie at Brambles on 07585 558 043, email julie@countrycollege.co.uk