Equine assisted learning and outdoor educational
activites for children, young people and adults
Alpacas, Dog and Countryside.
Walking in the woods.
3 Photo Collage.

About Us

Alpacas Feeding.

Equine Assisted Qualifications (EAQ) Banbury Hill is a charming 7 acre site beside an old Roman Hill Fort near Sturminster Newton in North Dorset.

The site hosts many activities for clients of all ages and abilities by helping care for ponies, cultivating a vegetable plot, tending to our 55 animals and many more, all set against panoramic views of the North Dorset countryside which are inspiring simply to sit, admire and enjoy.

Cat and Poultry

EAQ Banbury Hill is a place where people of all ages can be at one with nature, develop their self-confidence and explore communication skills through guided interaction with animals, other learners and the natural environment.

There is a highly successful maths programme for individuals or small groups of children aged 8-13 who may be underachieving at school and a pre-GCSE maths group to develop understanding for 14-16 year olds.

Holding the Turkey.

EAQ Banbury Hill has a team of trained personnel who specialise in enabling school children, people with learning difficulties, and others who seek to gain confidence and independence.

The centre can provide assisted learning for all aspects of the National Curriculum, being learner-led in maths, english, geography, science and many other subjects.

We can offer NVQs in animal care and many more areas.

The centre also provides bespoke summer day camps for children and young adults during school holidays.

EAQ Banbury Hill is fully health and safety compliant and encourages all learners to be aware of mindfulness and to be respectful towards others.

“I have taken part in my school sports day and won a prize for maths since coming on the maths course at Banbury.” J aged 12.
“The change in S has been amazing, he doesn’t want to come home - and I love it here too!” T, S’s Mum.
"I have been sleeping better whilst attending Banbury due to being out in the fresh air and running around the fields." S aged 15.
"I am coping with my anxiety and anger management due to being listened to and understood." C aged 14.

Our Specialities

We specialise in helping lots of different people.

School Pupils


Autism Spectrum Conditions

Learning & Physical Difficulties

Mental Ill-health

Adult Learners


Janet Matthews

Email: jan.gould@aol.co.uk

Telephone: 07979 217522

Address: Banbury Hill Centre, New Rd, Broad Oak, Sturminster Newton, Dorset, DT10 2HF