Great Farmstead

A hundred years ago around 2,500 schools had farms growing their own produce. Numbers then dropped with the push for ever higher standards of academia. Despite the continuing trend for outcome-oriented education, conceived and championed by league tables, in recent years the number of school farms has grown.


Great Farmstead is hidden away like a secret, in our walled Victorian garden, yet less than 5 minutes' walk from the main school site. It is now the hub for our Outdoor Education and an open resource to every department within the school.

Our farm manager, Kelvin Dutton, is a wealth of knowledge, ideas and passion for our farm and our pupils learning, with a particular interest in 'Permaculture' and 'Sustainable Living'. This is reflected in both his management of our farm and the support he gives the children.

Permaculture is a sustainable and holistic approach to design, with all decisions being based on a set group of guiding principles and ethics. These ethics and principles are not just used to grow food but have been shown to work in many different areas from our bodies to our careers.

If you're booking a tour of the school, bring your wellies and be sure to come and meet our incredibly friendly animals and see our farm for yourself, Dottie and Elvis always welcome a new friend.

Great Farmstead