Meet Henri

Henri has 30 years of experience working with children. She worked in Asia for 10 years with underprivileged children as well as Riding for the Disabled in Hong Kong, and still supports with the Milton Abbas Group of the RDA at Luccombe Riding Centre.

She trained as a therapeutic foster carer in 2011 and has a wealth of experience with children who have experienced trauma, insecure attachments, addiction, high anxiety, abuse, challenging behaviours and have been permanently excluded from school. Henri is very comfortable in a multi-agency environment and works professionally alongside Social Services, Dorset County Council Special Educational Needs Department, IFAs, Schools and Parents

After retraining in Equine Assisted Learning, through EAQ, Henri launched EAQ Luccombe in 2017 and then went on to open The Luccombe Hub offering alternative education in 2018.  The Luccombe Hub has continued to grow and is now registered with OFSTED as a Specialist School.

The success of our registration in 2022 reflects the drive and dedication of the newly appointed Director of Education and the team who have developed the curriculum using project-based learning, incorporating our farm, allotment, life skills and STEM projects into skills focused lessons.

Henri has always believed that there is another alternative to conventional education. Helping young people feel safe in their surroundings, connecting with the outdoors in a therapeutic environment and by engaging with hands-on, skills focused lessons, we encourage young people to explore and express themselves and learn through their own experiences.

The Luccombe Hub continues to grow in 2022 with the development of our bespoke Post 16 Curriculum. We are developing our Thrive Practice across the Centre and introducing BHS Awards in equine studies, Green Power electric cars and collaborating with Dorset Trade Skills as well as launching our enterprise workshop.