Cambridgeshire Equine Assisted Learning

Twentypence Road, Cottenham, Cambridgeshire CB24 8PP
Sophie Keene
07920 804907
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About Cambridgeshire Equine Assisted Learning

Cambridgeshire Equine Assisted Learning (CEAL) is based at Cottenham near Cambridge and has been running since 2015. It offers sessions for children and young people who are finding school difficult or not attending traditional education.  

There are horses and ponies in an outdoor environment. The ‘classroom’ is a converted stable and there is an orchard to explore too. There is no riding involved.

One of the learners has been working on a ‘duck-house’ project. He has built a duck house and fenced off an area for the ducks! This is all part of the learner-centred approach adopted by the staff at the centre.

CEAL offers equine assisted learning mainly for children and young people who are excluded or close to exclusion from school.

Sessions are tailored to meet the needs of each individual and the staff use a person-centred approach which enables each person to develop their own skills in their own way and at their own pace.

The centre is run by Sophie Keene, who completed her initial EAQ Facilitator Training in 2015 and in 2017 became one of the first in the UK to complete the Level 4 Certificate in Facilitating Equine Assisted Learning and gain her EAQ Advanced Facilitator status. She is supported by a team of EAQ-trained facilitators who are on hand to support learners who attend.

CEAL is an EAQ Approved Centre and as such is able to offer accredited OCNLR units and qualifications at Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2 including English, Maths, Employability and Animal Care. 



​​​​​​Children and young people with:
  • dyslexia 
  • social, emotional and behavioural difficulties 
  • low self esteem and self confidence 
  • autism spectrum conditions 
  • ADHD 
  • learning difficulties 
  • and those who are out of school for any reason or at risk of exclusion.

Out of school tuition is delivered here through EAQ's approved provider status and accreditation with Cambridgeshire County Council. Learners are also able to access qualifications through EAQ's accreditation with OCNLR.

"Thank you for yesterday. I think it became clear that there are still some strategies and changes to be made in supporting X in mainstream. Your input was so so helpful and enlightening." 

"We are seeing the changes in school. When he is exposed to events that don't go his way, he is managing it."