HoW College Students Swap Studying for Stables!

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HoW College Students Swap Studying for Stables!

18 November 2019

Group of students stood in front of a Christmas tree at a farm.

Heart of Worcestershire College’s (HoW College) Special Educational Needs (SEN) students swap their studies for the stables as they complete work experience at Attwell Farm, Redditch.

In partnership with the Farm, HoW College’s SEN students have been hard at work gaining real life skills and essential experiences to help benefit their futures. They’ve had the chance to practice teamwork, communication and social skills by dealing with real customers coming into the farm. They have also been able to set themselves targets such as learning about the animals.

Talking about the benefits of this experience, HoW College’s SEN Work Experience Supervisor, Annette Gardener said:

“All the skills are transferable so they can go on to use them in whatever career they choose.

I’m really glad I approached Attwell Farm, they’ve been so supportive and really welcoming for group work experience.”

The students have had a variety of involvement on the farm and experienced real hands-on work, from collecting eggs to maintaining the play equipment. The students are very proud of what they have accomplished and some are now being entrusted in leadership roles within the group.

Talking about welcoming the students to the farm, Head of Sales, Marketing and Development, Oliver Arundel said:

“It’s so amazing and inspiring to all of us here at Attwell Farm to see the students thriving and progressing.

It feels great to give back to the local community and see them smiling! We’re constantly looking to diversify and having the students has really helped us.”

HoW College prides itself on being able to provide equal opportunities to all of its students to help reach their maximum potential. To find out more about HoW College’s SEN provision, please visit