‘I feel the Horse course has proved instrumental in our mission to provide personalised pathways to positive futures. It has helped our young people to better manage and understand their emotions. It has also provided them with an opportunity to make progress and succeed in an environment they would otherwise never experience. The empathy and the confidence they have developed through the course has enabled them to return successfully to mainstream school provisions.’


Kevin Matthews  

Deputy Headmaster

The Pavilion



Once again I would like to thank you for all your efforts with our students last academic year.

As you know our students are some for the most challenging and vulnerable young People in Barnet and surrounding areas.

The horse course has a way of making them feel settled and calm. With the horse responding to their actions and body language  it never fails to surprise me how their personal sense of achievement and self-worth grows whilst they are with you .

As you know many of our students can be quite nervous and apprehensive of the course before they start and make excuses as to why they may have to drop out at the last minute- however once there they realise very quickly that actually there is nothing to fear and only things to gain.

I firmly believe that you Sue are the driving force behind the program’s success. Your calm, quiet, reassuring personality puts the students at ease instantaneously. They are able to see first-hand “how to do it “by following your straight forward instructions and examples.  You are quick to reassure and praise the students and the fact they have no peers “judging” them they are able to relax and be themselves- something that they don’t often have the chance to be.


Kind regards

Cath Thorley

Pastoral Manager

Oak Hill School