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Our Impact

With around 30 students on roll at any one time, attending 1 or 2 days/week, Longlands can be:

  • short term placement before returning to school 

  • alternative provision over a longer period

  • one day/week at Longlands can enable students to cope better with a school environment


Many of our students are school refusers, at risk of exclusion, or already excluded from mainstream schools. 


Student attendance at Longlands is 88%



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2022-2023 figures                      


Students aged 14+ who are with us for more than 8 weeks can be entered for City & Guilds qualifications in Land-based Studies and/or Work-based Horse Care. 

In 2022-23 we saw 100% pass rate:

  • 7 students achieved Level 1 Award

  • 6 students achieved Level 1 Certificate

  • 1 student achieved Level 1 Diploma

Younger students and those not enrolled for C&G are entered for AQA awards in animal care, horticulture, cooking, construction or mechanics. 

15 students achieved a total of 112 awards between them, including:

  • All students complete the AQA Health & Safety unit.


Mental Health

About a third of our intake would benefit from mental health intervention, some of them urgently. We have a specialist therapeutic practitioner working one-to-one on specific issues.


Referrers, families and staff all report significant improvement from these interventions.

For 2023-24 we are applying the ‘Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire’ (SDQ) to track progress more rigorously.


Longer Term Impact

Some of our students stay in touch.  You can read their stories here:


A Mum's Story

Update on Alice's Story

Sam's Story

 “Life changing differences to the lives of vulnerable children.” 
Maddie Burton, Senior Lecturer
Child & Adolescent Mental Health

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Student A, year 11, had very poor school attendance and was very unsettled when there.  During 2022-23 his attendance at Longlands has been almost 100%. He is now studying English, Maths and Level 1 Certificate in Land-based Studies, and is a role model for younger students.

Student B, year 11, is on the autistic spectrum and was a school refuser, not attending high school at all.  During 2022-23  her attendance with us was 100%, and she achieved the Level 1 Award and Certificate. She has now moved to a registered school provider for 4 days/week, retaining 1 day/ week at Longlands.

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