Our students benefit from a range of onsite facilities as well as access to external centres such as Calshot activity centre. Whether they are on or offsite, students are supported by our in-house outdoor activity instructors to ensure a consistent approach and familiar staffing.
Ridge Farm School has access to its own farm area which comprises of 55 acres of grassland and woodland, a flock of sheep, 2 different breeds of pigs and a flock of chickens. Young people can also access our Bartley Farm which has a wider range of livestock and a variety of exotic animals. Working alongside our trained farm team, these experiences equip students with the knowledge and incite into animal management that can later be used to pursue related qualifications.
More information can be found on our dedicated School Farm page.
At Ridge Farm, our young people have access to a range of adventure activity opportunities. Our instructors are able to make extensive use of the fantastic facilities onsite which include, a rock climbing and bouldering wall, an indoor archery range and a woodland area set up for camp craft and forest school. Access to other local amenities also enable students to undertake a range of off site activities including skiing, ropes courses, problem solving, orienteering and much more. We also have close links with Spinnaker Lakes allowing students access water sports training and activities. In addition, we have recently acquired a small fleet of mountain bikes to further develop Outdoor Education and make use of our close proximity to the New Forest.
Environmental Education & Forest School
Our school site has an abundance of outdoor space, including a woodland, wildlife pond and farm. This enables the students to learn about nature and the world around them in an experiential way. Our Environmental science lessons have both core and foundation subjects embedded within them to make learning hands-on and accessible for all. The use of Forest School practise also allows our young people to be curious about the world around them, learning to take calculated risks, building confidence and independence in a nature enriched, child-led process.