School Visits

The British Horseracing Education and Standards Trust (BHEST) is a registered Charity responsible for delivering the Racing to School education programme. Racing to School uses the context of the racing industry to support and enhance children and young people's studies of National Curriculum subjects through outdoor activities in the unique setting of racecourses, trainers' yards and studs.

Racing to School supports young people's learning and invests in racing's future. The programme is endorsed by teachers and schools and supports over 10,000 children and young people to access educational activities at their local racecourse each year.

Racing to School helps to spark the interest of children and young people in the sport - 85% of the pupils that participate in Racing to School are first-time race-goers. It also opens minds to the many different career opportunities in the racing industry and equips children with a range of skills for work.

Racing to School runs at nearly every racecourse in the UK and is a free and inclusive programme supporting children and students of all ages and backgrounds, including children from deprived and inner city areas and children with special educational needs.

BHEST is also responsible developing and awarding nationally recognised qualifications that provide the practical grounding for people to build a future in the horseracing, thoroughbred breeding and farriery industries.

BHEST relies on donations to keep running Racing to School. To support us, or find out more about our work please click here

What We Can Offer

  • Racecourse Education Days - these can be on actual race days or non-race days depending on your requirements. A morning's activities based around Maths, for example, can then be followed by the pupils seeing some real life racing to bring much of what they have learnt to life. Racecourses provide a huge resource both inside and out and activities cover numeracy, literacy, science and art and design. Our racecourse days also give children and young people an insight into the many career opportunities in the industry, from office roles to yard work.
  • Trainers Yards - a visit to see the horses in a trainers yard can provide a very rewarding insight into the life of a stable and link in with many projects at school.
  • Workshops - as well as the above we also provide workshops for Maths, Science and Technology Fairs, and hold education days at Stud Farms and link in with the National Horseracing Museum and the Racing Schools in Newmarket and Doncaster.
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