Education @ Animal Antiks

Being close to nature

Open Hearts, Unlock Minds and Inspire People


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!

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  • Post 16 Training
  • Work Experience
  • Day Placement

Post 16 Training

Working in partnership with Haddon Training, the award-winning Ofsted Grade 1 ‘Good’ 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.

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.

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.

How to make an initial referral

If you would like to enquire about a Post 16 Educational Placement or a Day Placement for your child or one that you know, please complete the referral form below and then return it to us by post or email.

Animal Antiks Education Referral Form

Term Dates

We follow the Buckinghamshire school term dates:

Autumn Term 2023

Monday 4th September –
first day of term
HALF TERM – week beginning 23rd October
Tuesday 19th December –
last day of term

Spring Term 2024

Thursday 4th January –
first day of term
HALF TERM – week beginning 12th February
Thursday 28th March –
last day of term

Summer Term 2024

Monday 15th April –
first day of term
HALF TERM – week beginning 27th May
Tuesday 23rd July –
last day of term