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The High Weald Academy

A Brook Learning Trust Academy

Young Farmers' Club

Welcome to The High Weald Academy Young Farmers’ Club

Students at The High Weald Academy are incredibly lucky to have access to the academy’s full working farm, set within the grounds of the school. It is very popular with students who want to be Young Farmers, are aiming to pursue a career in the farming industry, want to go on and study veterinary science, or with those who simply love the experience of spending time with the wide array of farm animals.

Established 1989

The High Weald Academy Young Farmers’ Club was established in the school grounds in 1989 and is affiliated to the Kent and National Federation of Young Farmers.  The club provides academy students with an opportunity to learn about key aspect of farming and to develop practical farming skills. 

Today we have up to 25 members, who enjoy being part of the Weald farming community. The Young Farmers’ Club is open to all students in all year groups throughout the academy from Year 7 to Year 11.  The club provides a great opportunity for any student who appreciates the countryside and enjoys rural life. 

The academy’s Young Farmers’ Club allows students to work with all the animals on the farm: cattle, pigs, a small flock of sheep, as well as the farm’s hens, ducks, rabbits and guinea pigs.

Meet Monday – Thursday after school

Club members meet Monday to Thursday after school at the academy farm until 4:30pm and learn about animal welfare, husbandry and show technique.  The only equipment members need to bring along is old clothes and wellingtons.

A winning team

Competing at the Kent County Show in July and the Fatstock Show in December are the highlights on the club’s competition calendar. The animals are carefully groomed and shown by students, who often win prizes. The High Weald Academy has acclaimed the position as being the most successful club in the South East for showing livestock.

Sign me up!

Joining The High Weald Academy Young Farmers’ Club is easy, contact the academy’s Farm Manager, Mr Nick Cooper, by email or pop along and see him at the farm.