Ingatestone EAL
Ingatestone, Essex

Contact:            Tamara Nichols
Telephone:        07814 485074
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About Ingatestone EAL
Ingatestone EAL is run by Tamara Nichols, a qualified teacher and formerly an Essex Senco. She has a wealth of experience of working with young people with complex needs and their families.

She has achieved her Level 4 certificate in Facilitating Equine Assisted Learning accredited by OCN London as well as having relevant training in safeguarding, first aid, food hygiene and health and safety.

Tamara works alongside Sonia Powell, who is currently completing her Level 4 certificate. We offer 1:1 or small group sessions for children and young people to regain their confidence and self-esteem in a non-judgemental environment.

Sessions are tailored to meet the needs of the individual learner and activities are led by the interests of the learner. They can vary in length according to need, from 2 to 6 hours, and can be delivered on an individual or small group basis. The sessions may include horse work, art and craft, bush craft, cooking, dog walking and animal care.

Set in 45 acres of traditional pasture, woodland and ponds, near Ingatestone in Essex. Ideally situated to provide a range of learning opportunities. A herd of 8 horses are kept as naturally as possible, friendly dogs, guinea pigs, a cat, ducks, chickens and geese all contribute to our ability to make learning opportunities worthwhile and meaningful.

The activity room is well-resourced and provides a comfortable place to explore arts, crafts, cookery, construction toys or just to somewhere to sit and have a hot chocolate whilst watching the birds visiting the feeding station.


Children and young people who are experiencing difficulties associated with:

  • engaging with school
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism
  • Low self-esteem
  • Attachment issues
  • Learning difficulties
  • Extreme Anxiety
  • Poor self-confidence
  • Poor literacy and numeracy skills.

Ingatestone is an EAQ Approved Centre and as such is able to offer nationally-recognised qualifications from OCNLR in a range of subjects including employability, animal care, maths and English. 

"Ingatestone EAL has been the best thing that has ever happened to my daughter. She could not cope in mainstream education but in this environment she thrives. She is learning all kind of skills and growing in confidence, building self-esteem and discovering that she has talents. A totally positive experience in a beautiful environment. Thank you for a great term.” A.D.

I will never be able to thank you enough for all the support you have provided my son and the transition into school which has gone better than ever expected.” B.C.