Sunrise Bushcraft Outdoor Academy

Bushcraft Courses, National Qualifications and Accreditations 

Alternative Provision

Sunrise Bushcraft works with many local and national charities and education centrers to offer alternative provision to excluded children, young offenders, children at risk and those who fit the NEET profile.


As government approved providers of education and training we are delighted to have for the first time been awarded a place on the ACTOR (Approved College and Training Organisation) Register published by the skills funding agency.


Sunrise Academy has a broad capacity to deliver programmes to young people and vulnerable adults through our existing network of sites and schools. Operating from both the heart of the New Forest and from a 2000 acre woodland in Ringwood both sites have been awarded the LOtC (learning outside the classroom) Award from central government.

We have the capability to offer both residential and day courses and training throughout the sites depending on needs. We are well placed and experienced in delivering activities and courses for children, young people and adults with a wide spectrum of emotional, physical and education needs in addition to main stream pupils looking to expand their education and experience a different learning environment.


Through outdoor and land based education, we deliver nationally recognised QCF qualifications


Whilst at its core Sunrise Academy is nature based, the varying nature of education we deliver is diverse. All qualifications and accreditation's are delivered in an outdoor arena through practical application and underpinned with a portfolio of evidence that is reviewed throughout the course of the project. The portfolio of evidence itself is supported through the means of written, verbal and media based evidence and this adds an additional aspect to the project that affords each participant the opportunity to develop another skill set that will strengthen their own life skills through communication and expression whether through video, photography, writing, question and answer or presentation.


As well as these national qualifications we endeavour to introduce the clients to further skill sets in outdoor environments that will challenge them physically and mentally through active participation in activities such as canoeing, archery and green woodworking. We are especially well known for the work we do regarding cooking, food choice, budgeting and diet planning. We aim to teach each client a set of real skills that will enhance day to day living and meal planning. We look at local affordable seasonal produce and how it can be simply prepared to increase dietary efficiency, blood sugar levels and affordability without processed foods.

Our aim is to provide each participant with a programme that will incorporate realistic and achievable outcomes that can be delivered over a relatively short time period. This will enable them to attain nationally recognised qualifications and accreditations and life skills within a bespoke outdoor experience and environment. 


With activities that are not only engaging, practical and hands on our aims will be to engage each participant in a way that will not only encourage each person to achieve at the highest level but will raise individual aspirations by offering access to a diverse range of activities and experiences plus additional access to a wider skill set of professionals that can positively influence their trajectory and movement towards making positive life choices. 


In developing areas such as communication, self esteem and self worth we can hope to offer each individual an opportunity of personal discovery that will help in their personal development.


Our aim is to build bonds of friendship and trust throughout the group by working together to achieve the goals set. Increased emotional well being is a natural by product from spending time in the outdoors with nature fresh air and the sights and sounds associated with it. Recent published research has shown the connection between nature and physical and mental well being.


We aim for the clients to achieve qualifications and accreditations that could not only lead them into volunteering and mentoring themselves but also create a path into further education or employment by illustrating their ability to complete courses to a set required level. 


The self esteem boost and new feelings of self worth that accompany these achievements will lead to reduced incidents of offending, less reliance on support workers and staff, a greater understanding of a healthy lifestyle and work ethic will reduce the need for social care as well as a better understanding of budgets and meal planning all of which will be part of the courses undertaken. 


Our goal is that clients will want to continue work in the outdoors through volunteering opportunities within the sector of wildlife trusts, forestry commissions and similar organisations all whom rely on volunteers as indeed do we and our hope would be for the programme to continue on an annual basis with past clients returning to mentor new clients.

Students are welcome from diverse backgrounds and can include those who are:-
  • At risk of exclusion
  • Excluded from secondary school
  • Unable to attend school for medical reasons
  • Unable to attend school for mental health reasons
  • Special Education Needs (SEN)
  • Young people in the public care system
  • Teenage mothers
  • Not in education, employment or training (NEET)
  • Young offenders
  • New arrivals, refugees and asylum seekers

As this is a highly specialised area and we have a vast amount of different courses and accredited units please call for further information or to discuss your requirements.