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 with the chance 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 Year 7 - 9 pupils are studying towards a Level 1 BTEC in Agriculture. In years 10 and 11 they can study Level 2 and in the Sixth Form they can achieve a Level 3. All work on the farm is practical and purposeful. Pupils are involved in every task and senior pupils, including the Sixth Form, take full responsibility for overseeing lambing.