Set at the heart of the School’s beautiful campus is the working School Farm, which is home to a variety of livestock. This includes a pedigree flock of Badger Face Welsh Mountain sheep, pedigree herds of Large White pigs and South Devon cattle, Shetland ponies and an assortment of poultry.
Pupils are involved in all aspects of the farm, gaining practical knowledge of animal husbandry, plant husbandry and countryside skills. The farm develops self confidence as pupils spend time with animals, work as part of a team and see the results of their actions.
Some of the skills developed on the Farm include:
- Responsibility- from caring for the animals and plants
- Understanding cause and effect- for example the impact of weeds competing with plants and the need for food and water.
- Self confidence- pupils achieve their goals and enjoy the produce
- Reasoning and discovery- the Farm provides practical learning opportunities in Science, Geography and Nutrition
- Creativity- pupils try new methods
- Cooperation- teamwork is essential on the farm.
The school farm also allows pupils to discover a love of nature and the outdoors, and allows for physical activity.
How often do pupils visit the farm?
Pupils have weekly lessons on the farm as part of the timetable until the end of Year 9. From Year 10 pupils can choose to study City and Guilds qualifications in Animal Care and Agriculture.
Outside of lesson time the farm is also available as an activity option. Children who love animals or enjoy growing plants will find that volunteers and extra pairs of hands are always welcome. Pupils are also able to volunteer to help in the mornings before school and in their own time.
Pupils are fully supervised while on the farm and we always aim to promote safe working practices. We also try to develop children’s work ethics, and encourage personal development in certain skill areas.