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Project information

Glenbrook Primary's Farms for City Children stay

We are raising funds for pupils from Glenbrook Primary School in Clapham, London, to visit Farms for City Children in Devon. A unique opportunity – and potentially life-changing experience – for urban children to live and work together for a week on a real farm in the heart of the countryside.

July 2019 - July 2019

Charity information: Farms for City Children

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  • Need


    Urban children are becoming more disconnected from nature than ever. They have little understanding of where their food comes from; physical activity and outdoor play are being replaced by screen time (with associated obesity and mental health issues); and, in our increasingly risk-averse society, the 'freedom to roam' for an average 8-year old has shrunk by 90% in a generation. Also, practical skills have been devalued in the national primary curriculum. We want to reverse that trend.


    The farm experience is a world away from their daily lives. Children flourish in our homely, child-centred environment. They gain a strong understanding of where their food comes from; of healthy eating; and of environmental and sustainability issues. Activities provide physical challenge; repetition of tasks to build skills and confidence; real-life application of curriculum subjects; teamwork; and purposeful activity, so everyone can take responsibility for their work and feel, and be, valued.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    A life-enhancing, if not life-changing, experience for up to 39 pupils from Glenbrook Primary School


    » Children help the farmers with their herd of organic milking Friesian cows, the beef herd and sheep.
    » Direct contact with a wide range of farm animals, including cows, sheep, horses, donkeys, pigs and poultry.
    » Gardening and going on a nature walk where the children learn about the local environment and habitats.
    » Helping to grow the vegetables they eat with their meals and learning to make things from natural materials in Forest School.

    What success will look like

    Evidenced by teacher feedback during and at the end of the week, as well as ongoing monitoring of the children during their stay Farms for City Children staff.

    Aim 2

    Provide this opportunity at no cost to the pupils, their families or the school.


    » Fundraising through The Big Give, supported by The Thomas's Schools Foundation - a partner of Glenbrook Primary School.
    » FfCC subsidises the cost of each child by over 50% (@ £300/child) - an average subsidy of £10,800 per visiting school.

    What success will look like

    Hitting our Christmas Challenge 2018 target

  • Impact


    Exposure to the countryside and the food cycle has a lasting impact on children’s relationship with their environment and on their eating habits. The farm experience enriches, extends and supports learning in school and beyond. An independent study (Bill Graham OBE, 2014) confirmed our work as “an essential link between the way in which children learn and their social knowledge and behaviour … establishing positive relationships …, the foundations to becoming confident and successful learners.”


    One or more of the pupils could pull out of the programme. We have dealt with this risk by fostering close links with Glenbrook Primary School and their partner, Thomas’s Schools Foundation (TSF), to ensure we are best placed to replace any late drop outs.

    The project is subject to raising funds through the Big Give and we may not attract sufficient donations to cover the costs of the programme. TSF will be actively marketing it to their supporters in Clapham and beyond to mitigate this risk.


    In the run up to the farm visit, donors will receive email updates on progress. During the visit, email and social media communications will tell of the children’s experiences on the farm. Afterwards, supporters will hear of the children’s experiences first hand, for instance at a school assembly.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £12,198

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,998 Pupil fees Subsidised costs for up to 39 children (@ £282/child) accompanied by up to 4 teachers free of charge
      £1,200 Travel Return coach travel (London – Devon)
  • Background


    Glenbrook Primary School in Clapham, London, is in a low income ward. It has a high percentage pupils who are entitled to Free School Meal (FSM). The proportion of pupils in receipt of the pupil premium (additional funding for pupils looked after by the local authority or FSM-eligible) is nearly 3 times the national average. Nethercott House has welcomed more than 35,000 children like those from Glenbrook who have spent a week living and working there on the farm since it was opened in 1976.


    Pupils at Glenbrook Primary School, Clapham


  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have developed and refined our work over 40 years and have great confidence in our capacity to deliver it, and of its impact and value. Our farms combine a safe and welcoming residential environment with a unique opportunity to work as real farmers for a week. Our staff are trained to work with children and animals, and we have developed a week-long programme of activities that really encourages children to flourish.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Tim Rose, Farm School Manager At Nethercott

    Tim is the Farm School Manager. He manages the whole site and team, as well as leading cooking and forest school sessions and countrysides walks.

    Mike Tweddell, Farm Manager At Nethercott

    Mike runs the operational life of the farm as well as leading farm-based tasks for the children. He also runs the new creamery sessions.