Fortune College – part of the Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy

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Fortune College is a specialist college for young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities aged 16-25. The college’s Further Education Through Horsemanship (FETH) Course offers an educational residential/day programme, working with horses, that prepares young people with learning disabilities to live as independently as possible and participate in their local community. The college provides the opportunity to achieve accredited qualifications,  develop communication skills, independent living skills, self confidence and skills for working life.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Su Hodgkiss
Contact Position
Admission Administrator
01425673297 01425673297
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Where to go

Fortune College
(The Fortune Centre Of Riding Therapy)
Avon Tyrrell

BH23 8EE

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The curriculum is delivered across three locations:

  • Our main education site at Avon Tyrrell which includes an indoor and outdoor school, fields, access directly onto the New Forest, classrooms and a new IT Hub.

  • Wootton Hall Farm, located 15 minutes drive from Avon Tyrrell, which is our main residential site for residential students. Wootton also has its own stable yard and provides weekly riding therapy sessions for local children, up to the age of 16, with a range of special educational needs and disabilities.

  • Meredith Lodge is nearby in the village of Burley and provides students with the opportunity to live in a semi independent flat, to practice and develop their independence in preparation for their future.

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Costs are per term and determined on either a one day or 3 day residential assessment.


Referral not required
Referral Details

Referral is not required but is accepted from professionals, local authorities, students or parents of students.

Other notes

All of our students will have learning needs and mostly hold an EHC plan (they will need this for Local Authority funding). Students have a variety of learning disabilities which include: Autism (about 1/3 in average of our students are on the autistic spectrum), Prader-Willi Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, ADHD, Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, PTSD, Complex PTSD, Downs Syndrome, Developmental Delay, Attachment Disorder, Speech and Language Difficulties, Selective Mutism, Epilepsy, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Anxiety, Sensory Processing Disorders. However, all our students are individuals, what brings them together is their interest in horses. 

Most student come to us either straight from school at 16 or 19, but we also have students starting in their 20’s.

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