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ADO C.I.C - ADO Alternative Provision

Type of Provision

ADO operate a specialist AP service that brings together our expertise in both our Healthcare and Education services. We are able to provide a relaxed approach to education for our students and are a registered Training Centre.

At ADO we have a passion for outdoor education and what better location than our Healthcare and Education Centre! The centre, a 6.4 acre woodland and farmland just outside of South East London is home to our 50 species of animal and provides a perfect base to offer many subjects and qualifications relating to our specialisms including Animal Science, Equine Studies, Countryside & Environment, Adventure Sport and many more. We are also able to offer traditional pathways that can include Business Studies, Health and Social Care, and Functional Skills (Maths, English & ICT Entry-Level 2).


Type of Student


Our AP is a specialist education setting that aims to create flexible, individual programmes of learning support for Young People (14+) who, for a variety of reasons, maybe unable to access mainstream education. From the point of referral, we focus on the special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) of the learner and on family support, in order to provide the most effective and appropriate educational intervention.


We do offer a ‘Therapeutic Day Service’ to young people who are below the age of 14, meaning that they can get the benefit from attending our setting however this does not follow educational set outcomes and follows our ‘Assisted Activities’ model.


Our AP specialises in education placements for young people with SEND including Learning Difficulties, Social Emotional Mental Health Difficulties and associated needs. Our team are multi-skilled and are used to delivering specialist educational programmes as part of a curriculum. Young people who attend with us must have a cognitive understanding of risk in our outdoor setting, and respect the therapeutic ethos that we follow.


We work in small 1:3 classes or 1:1 and aim to offer ‘individual learning programmes to meet their needs and interests enabling young people to learn whilst developing confidence and self-esteem. Our AP is catered to the full school education age range (14-19 with the view to potentially extending this to the age of 25 for caseloads who fit our criteria and withhold an EHCP).


Key Stage 4: These students are in a good position to be able to start with ADO as part of a ‘fact finding experience’, by being enrolled on to AQA Unit Awards that interest them. An appropriate level AQA Awards (Entry, Level 1 and Level 2) to these young people will aim to support their self-esteem and confidence which could then lead them on to Vocational BTEC Qualifications once we have ascertained the student’s academic and emotional baselines. BTEC Courses are offered in various subjects including: Animal Studies, Environmental and Bushcraft subjects, Conservation, Adventure Sport, Creative Education and more. The courses listed in this paragraph are offered in specific areas of interest to the young person, in line with their ‘Individual Learner Plans’.

The above courses could expand in to Post-16.

Post-16: Excellent bespoke service that withhold strong career pathways which can be discussed with the student, family and referrer.


We have specialist staff including therapists to support the needs of students with a range of special educational needs and complex learning difficulties or disabilities including mental ill health. Our staff team with therapy qualifications and experience include specialisms in the following interventions:


Animal Therapy

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Relaxation Therapy

Equine Assisted Learning

NLP/ life coaching

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)








Who to contact

Contact Name
Katie Palmer/ Kyle McHolland-Pilcher
Contact Position
Katie - Head of Education and Therapy Kyle- Business Apprentice
ADO service website

Where to go

Poets Corner
19A Keats Road
DA16 3NB

The venue is an outdoor setting, so if you are booked in to attend with us please ensure you are dressed appropriately for whatever the Great British weather may bring! also, always have a spare change of clothes, and a refillable water bottle.

Other Details


£50 for online assessment (form is sent to parent/carers or relevant adult following professional referral) and £250 1:1 x 2 days assessment. Total Assessment fees: £550 Education Placement Rates: 1:3 ratio Daily Rate - £190 per student, per day, 1:1 ratio Daily Rate - £250 per student, per day +VAT. Therapy Placement Rates: 1:1 Daily Rate- £235 (not vatable)


Referral required
Referral Details

ADO currently only takes professional referrals from individuals who are directly working to support the student, these include: School, Local Authority, Fair Access Panel, CAMHS, Social Worker, Virtual Schools (LAC), SEN Case Officer.


The professional carrying out the ADO AP Referral Form can access this via our website. Documents can also be attached including any EHCP, relevant therapeutic intervention reports or previous EP reports that will be relevant for review and planning of the child or young person’s learning programme.


The information requested within the referral form covers the following areas:  Data Collection Including Medical & Psychological Background/ Previous Or Current Therapy Interventions/ Subjects Of Interest Relevant To The Learning Programs Available/ Short & Long Term Life Goals/ Social & Family Background/ Details Of Educational History & Achievements/ Current Educational Difficulties/ Effective Management Strategies In Use.

Other notes

Please see our other listing for ADO Therapy Services