Supported Youth Placements

We offer outdoor work placements for students who, for whatever reason, are finding it difficult to engage with classroom activities or are at risk of exclusion.

Supported Youth PlacementsAt Bath City Farm we believe that high quality learning in an outdoor environment is a significant factor in raising standards and improving personal development for people of all ages. It can:

  • lead to improved outcomes for students, including better achievement, standards, motivation and behaviour.
  • have a positive effect on young people who are not stimulated or motivated by mainstream education.
  • make subjects more vivid and interesting for students and enhance their understanding.
  • impress upon students that care for their immediate surroundings is the first step in caring for their planet.

We provide a range of practical activities including:

  • Animal care, handling and feeding farm animals, cleaning them out and helping care for their young.
  • Horticulture, helping to grow a variety of fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers and well as look after our award winning sensory garden.
  • Grounds Maintenance, learning how to look after a large open space that is used by the public, training in use of lawn mowers, building fencing and pathways.
  • Wildlife Conservation, such as hedge laying, tree planting, coppicing and scrub clearance, wildlife identification.
  • Carpentry and Green Woodworking, creating products for our farm shop such as bird boxes and feeders and constructing animal pens and fencing.

As well as gaining a wide range of practical skills that they could take further in either employment or further education, students gain a host of transferable skills such as problem solving, team building, communication skills, time keeping, a good work ethic and a sense of responsibility. They will also gain in self-confidence and have pride in the work they achieve. Numeracy and literacy is built into activities through tasks such as measuring, calculating prices of materials, reading instructions and writing up reports on the tasks they achieve (if requested).

For more information about session availability and charges, or if you have a student you would like to refer to our Supported Placement Scheme, please email info@bathcityfarm.org.uk