Rotary Wheel

The Rotary Club of Colwall in the Malvern Hills


“If you fall down 6 times, you get up 7 times” was written on the door of the portacabin for the Primary School students at the Bridge. It seemed to sum an attitude Sue and Neil Hornby wanted to inculcate in their students and their own attitude to developing a business model in running their centre on an unreliable shoestring. Government and local authority channels of funding are inconsistent and have been squeezed in recent years and they are heavily dependent on raising monies from other sources. Under the circumstances it is even more remarkable and a testament to their ingenuity and persistence that they have developed their facilities so well

It was an inspiring visit and I’m sure that Colwall Rotarians will now be wanting to raise monies to help support it.

The Bridge Training and Development is a land-based alternative education provider at Hanley Swan, near Malvern in Worcestershire. It was established in 2007 with the aim of engaging children and young people in learning.

Sue and Neil Hornby are both Directors of the Bridge and had the vision to set up a training and development centre to provide alternative learning opportunities for young people.

They provide education and training to young people for whom for whatever reason main stream education has been unsuccessful - individual bespoke students from primary schools, secondary schools and care homes,groups of students from primary schools,groups of students from secondary schools on vocational courses and post 16 year olds who are on an Education Health Care Plan and have access to additional funding.

They offer qualifications and certificates in land-based studies (animal care and horticulture), construction, employability, skills for working life, Maths and English, food hygiene, bespoke timetable of courses and a wide range of curriculum activities and support for young people through transition on to different schools and training or employment

Most importantly they build young people's personal, social and emotional development.

To find out more about the Bridge, please visit

Thanks to Mike and Helen Simpson for organising the visit and to Sue and Neil Hornby forgiving up their time to tell us their story.



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