BRS Welcomes New Head of Ofsted

1st Mar 2017 | News

We were delighted to welcome the new head of Ofsted, Amanda Spielman, to the British Racing School, and allow her to see a less traditional, more practical type of learning and to demonstrate the quality of teaching, learning and assessment that takes place here.

Amanda was accompanied by Paul Brooker the Regional Director for East of England and Matt Vaughan a Senior HMI. The group were shown to the yard where students from course 308 and 309a were pulling out for their first riding session of the day.

Once all 17 students were on their mounts and radio communication channels had been checked, the strings left the yard in their course groups to participate in a ridden lesson. Course 308, taught by Yard Manager, Julie Lingham, and accompanied by Instructor Alison Harper, headed to the 7 furlong straight gallop where the group could shadow students in the minibus at speeds of almost 30mph.

Paul Brooker, Ofsted Director for East of England said:

“It was a delight to visit the British Racing School and learn about the impressive apprenticeship and traineeship schemes they offer. Young people at the school are provided with real, hands-on experience in racehorse care, and they are able to develop the necessary practical skills that will prepare them well for future employment in the industry.”

We were delighted to showcase our training and facilities and hope that Amanda and the team both enjoyed and benefitted from the visit.