Farm & Estate

Abbotsholme has its own 70 acre working farm, an equestrian centre and country estate. All pupils up to Year 9 play an active role in rural life at the School. In Year 10 and above pupils can choose to study Agriculture and Estate Management or Equestrian as part of a tailored programme.

The curriculum provides invaluable opportunities for the teaching of environmental sustainability for all pupils through outdoor education, working with animals, clay pigeon shooting, bee keeping or gardening within the walled garden. These hands-on opportunities provide pupils opportunities to foster their understanding of the natural world and the environment. Pupils are also aware of the ‘farm to fork’ journey and the importance of animal welfare. Our kitchens provide healthy meals from produce directly from our own farm.

From Reception class up all pupils have timetabled hands on time on the Farm, working with the animals and undertaking practical and useful tasks. By Year 7 pupils begin the Level 1 BTEC in Agriculture, which they can continue to study at Level 2 and even 3 throughout the senior school.