Education @ Animal Antiks

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Education

A structured classroom environment is not always the easiest for young people and for some the challenge of conforming is simply too much for them to cope with. We recognise the struggles faced and provide an alternative option to help support whilst still learning. We are often called upon as a last resort before school exclusion or day release day care option. Whatever the circumstance, Animal Antiks offer a safe haven. Whilst working on the farm, with allocated daily activities and tasks we encourage and support our young people to be respectful, supportive of each other and instil a desire to succeed. Often our animals provide a wonderful confidant to misunderstood, frustrated and angry young people – animals don’t judge or offer opinions! Our support staff provide the help to build on life and social skills, rebuild self-worth and confidence.

Being outside and close to nature has an amazing and positive effect on so many!

A structured classroom environment is not always the easiest for young people and for some the challenge of conforming is simply too much for them to cope with. We recognise the struggles faced and provide an alternative option to help support whilst still learning.

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We are often called upon as a last resort before school exclusion or day release day care option. Whatever the circumstance, Animal Antiks offer a safe haven. Whilst working on the farm, with allocated daily activities and tasks we encourage and support our young people to be respectful, supportive of each other and instil a desire to succeed. Often our animals provide a wonderful confidant to misunderstood, frustrated and angry young people – animals don’t judge or offer opinions! Our support staff provide the help to build on life and social skills, rebuild self-worth and confidence.

Being outside and close to nature has an amazing and positive effect on so many!

  • Post 16 Training
  • Work Experience
  • Day Placement

Post 16 Training

Working in partnership with Haddon Training, the award-winning Ofsted Grade 1 ‘Outstanding’ training provider, we help students gain the most from further education with specialist coaching here on site at the farm. All training and teaching placements are work based programs on the farm with some time dedicated to a quieter space for study. Both which provides a less formal classroom format conducive for Post 16 pupils.

At present we offer City & Guilds work based Animal and Equine Care along with employability units Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 as well as functional skills (various levels) in both English and Mathematics.

We are also an AQA unit award scheme centre which offers a portfolio of achievements where students can work towards certificates in a variety of units.

Working in partnership with Haddon Training, the award-winning Ofsted Grade 1 ‘Outstanding’ training provider, we help students gain the most from further education with specialist coaching here on site at the farm.

More on Post 16 Training

All training and teaching placements are work based programs on the farm with some time dedicated to a quieter space for study. Both which provides a less formal classroom format conducive for Post 16 pupils.

At present we offer City & Guilds work based Animal and Equine Care along with employability units Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 as well as functional skills (various levels) in both English and Mathematics.

We are also an AQA unit award scheme centre which offers a portfolio of achievements where students can work towards certificates in a variety of units.

Work Experience

We offer a wide variety of work experience placements: these can vary from a day per week up to a full two weeks. The farm environment provides a wealth of opportunities for skill development whilst encouraging a positive work ethic.

Working in small groups each session aims on building confidence, knowledge and self-esteem, whilst developing key social, life and work skills. Our young people are supported to build independent working, remaining focused on task-to-task completion and problem solving.

We offer a wide variety of work experience placements: these can vary from a day per week up to a full two weeks. The farm environment provides a wealth of opportunities for skill development whilst encouraging a positive work ethic.

More About Work Experience

Working in small groups each session aims on building confidence, knowledge and self-esteem, whilst developing key social, life and work skills. Our young people are supported to build independent working, remaining focused on task-to-task completion and problem solving.

Day Placements

Day placements on the farm can provide both a goal and focal point for those struggling to stay the course of a whole schooling week, or simply give a young person an additional safe environment.

These types of placements can be included into a reduced timetable for a different style of learning to continue in a less structured and more vocational way.

Many young people have benefitted from a day placement with schools and colleges finding a ‘day-release’ program a positive reinforcement and integral part of their students’ progress and educational development.

Day placements on the farm can provide both a goal and focal point for those struggling to stay the course of a whole schooling week, or simply give a young person an additional safe environment. 

More About Day Placements

These types of placements can be included into a reduced timetable for a different style of learning to continue in a less structured and more vocational way.

Many young people have benefitted from a day placement with schools and colleges finding a ‘day-release’ program a positive reinforcement and integral part of their students’ progress and educational development.

Term Dates

We follow the Buckinghamshire school term dates:

Spring Term 2022

Tuesday 4th January –
first day of term
HALF TERM – week beginning 21st February
Friday 8th April –
last day of term

Summer Term 2022

Monday 25th April –
first day of term
Monday 2nd May –
closed (Bank Holiday)
HALF TERM – week beginning 30th May
Thu 21st July –
last day of term

Autumn Term 2022

Monday 5th September –
first day of term
HALF TERM – week beginning 24th October
Tuesday 20th December –
last day of term

Spring Term 2023

Wednesday 4th January –
first day of term
HALF TERM – week beginning 13th February
Friday 31st March –
last day of term

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