SchoolsCompany Field School is a complementary provision supporting students from Central Devon Academy South and West Academy and Torridge Outreach.. It is sponsored by the SchoolsCompany Trust. The Field School offers land-based education and bespoke therapeutic programmes to support our students attending our academies and those who are hard to reach. The Field School can also offer specialist programmes to students from other local main stream schools.
The site for the SchoolsCompany Field School is ideally located for both our Central and South and West Devon Academies and is set in the heart of the South Hams in a walled garden on an organic farm. There is a small orchard, fruit bushes a large popolytunnel, bushcraft/woodworking area, fire pit and teaching kitchen caravan.The setting is south facing enablinga significant amount of organic fruit and veg to be produced.
The Field School is open 5 days per week and offers BTEC qualifications in land-based studies, Enterprise and Food Skills, Forest Schools activities and 1-1 complementary programmes. The Field School is alsoused as a field studies centre for Art, Science, Food Technology and Personal, Social and Health Education
Aim and Mission
Our mission is to enable the students who come to the Field School to develop personally whilst restoring their health and wellbeing to improve their engagement with learning. We aim to do this holistically by empowering all the senses through practical experiences, and adventure and above all enjoyment.
The fruit and vegetables, the eggs and the honey produced at the Field School are grown, harvested and eaten by our students. .Projects will be designed around retailing produce to the local community.
All our Land-based Staff are science teachers or instructors with either horticulture, ecology, or environmental training and qualifications.
Our complementary programme leaders and support staff usually have either an educational background; Forest Schools training or therapeutic qualifications; for example, Thrive training, counselling and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.
Through our unique pupil development mapping system, we identify the appropriate approach for our students, whether it be a personal 1-1 complementary programme, a vocational qualification, taking part in Forest Schools activities, or a combination of all three.
Last year our student’s projects enabled us to supply a local Café/Restaurant with a variety of produce.
This year students are working on product development to help develop a Field School Brand.
This year our Teaching Kitchen Caravan will enable our students to develop their skills further by helping serve members of our community our produce as part of our pop up Café project.
The Field School would like to say thank you to the following people, businesses and organisations for supporting our students to grow and develop with their community.
Tom Brookes and Family-Old Cummings Farm
Paignton Cricket Club-Andrea and Chris
The Curator-Matteo and Eamon
Mole Valley Farmer-Stuart
Mike Summers-Bee Keeper
For further information contact Laura Griffin, Lead Practitioner for Land-Based Studies and Environmental Therapeutic Intervention.