Alternative Education For Children & Young People

We currently work in Partnership with Chesterfield Community Care Farm, a 23 acre working farm to deliver Alternative Education to the most hard to reach young people from across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

The farm operates as an alternative education centre for children and young people predominantly aged 11-16 (KS3 & KS4), support is provided by qualified tutors/assessors.

We provide our services to children and young people with learning difficulties and diagnosed special educational needs, these opportunities include sensory interaction with the animals, caring for animals, construction skills, learning and developing skills, developing confidence, social skills, independence and self sufficiency.

All our staff are trained to the highest standards and attend regular updates in their training and any additional roles they may have, for example; safeguarding, first aid, health and safety. Our staff have experience in caring for vulnerable children who have profound and multiple learning difficulties, autism, emotional and behaviour difficulties, dyslexia, dyspraxia, global development delay, downs syndrome and dyscalculia.

We pride ourselves in the diversity of our service and our ability to provide opportunities for all.

Benefits from participation include:

  • Increased confidence and self esteem
  • Increased fitness
  • Independence and new skills
  • Positive attitude and motivation
  • Make new friends and reduce isolation
  • Achieve an accredited qualification
  • Gain work experience on a working farm

Our fully qualified Tutors and Assessors currently deliver:

  • Level 1 Award, Certificate and Diploma’s in Land Based Studies
  • Level 1 Award, Certificate, Extended Certificate and Diploma in Construction.
  • Entry 2 Award, Certificate, Entry 3 Award, Certificate & Level 1 Award, Certificate & Diploma in Personal and Social Development

The students also enrol and study for their functional skills in Maths, English and ICT; available from Entry level to Level 2.

We are currently delivering Alternative Education for Nottingham City & County and Derbyshire County Council, we also work directly with many schools and academies throughout Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

We offer a full day, free of charge taster day to all students that are interested in applying for our programmes; subject to the relevant authority/School completing a referral form.

We can currently accommodate any student for between 1-3 days a week.

We currently charge £75 per student, per day for a full days alternative education or £37.50 for half a day. 

Lunch and refreshments can be provided at a cost of £2.35 per student, per day.

We are also able to provide 1-1 support at an additional £14 P/H.

Excell For Training @ Chesterfield Community Care Farm offers the opportunity for success to some of our most challenging students. The provision is personalised and flexible to meet the needs of each student. There are a range of qualifications available and the chance for students to take up apprenticeships and further training post-16.

Sarah Burton    Tupton Hall School   

Thank you for everything you did with me at the farm, I now know how to make a CV. You guys are very good people who have changed me in a good way so thankyou for being there for me. I am so sad to leave as I enjoyed it at the farm.

Harvey    AP Student   

Luke really likes going to the farm and spending the day with the animals and staff, he really enjoys it because its a great place with very nice people

Kerrie Poynton    Parent Of AP Student   
Susan Penneyston    Parent Of AP Student   

Tyler has changed a great deal in his ways which is very pleasing. We found that the farm has done a great job with our grandson. We hope he can continue to attend such a great place of learning.

Graham Bunting    AP Student - Parent   

I enjoy mixing with other young people and looking after the piglets I also like feeding the snakes.

Kane Craddock    AP Student