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Fortune College

Who to contact

Contact Name
Su Hodgkiss
Contact Position
Admission Administrator

Fortune College is a specialist college for young people with SEND 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

Where to go

Fortune College
(The Fortune Centre Of Riding Therapy)
Avon Tyrrell
BH23 8EE

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.

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Term Time
Time of day
Session Information
Term Time 7 Days a week 38 weeks a year

Other Details


Cost for the residential Further Education Through Horsemastership Course varies on the amount of support required for each individual and will be given after assessment. Most young people seek to gain funding through their Local Authority.


Referral required
Referral Details

Self referral by young person, parents/carers, referral from specific agencies such as SEN Team, social services.

Other notes

A large majority of our students will have special educational needs and will have received specialist educational support before they apply for the Further Education Through Horsemastership (FETH) Course. Our qualified staff team assess each student prior to entry and again in the first half term of the FETH Course. Seeking additional support would be relevant if it became clear that the student would benefit from other services not catered for by the Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy (FCRT); such as mental health services. Interventions are specific to individuals and their needs and can be arranged at any point during a student’s course. Depending on the need these can be delivered in small group sessions or on an individual basis.

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