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    Alternative Education – The School at Hackney City Farm

    What is The School at Hackney City Farm?

    The School at Hackney City Farm is a unique alternative education provider for young people who are not in school because of behaviour, emotional and/or social difficulties leading to lack of engagement, disaffection and poor attendance.

    Our mission is to engage, nurture, care and prepare young people for their future lives. This mission statement informs everything we do. Read our full mission statement here.

    We admit a maximum of 10 young people between the ages of 13 to 17 and receive referrals via New Regent’s College, Hackney’s vocational college and Pupil Referral Unit.

    We also offer part time courses for groups of students who are referred to us through New Regent’s College or one of the Hackney Special Schools.

    What curriculum do we follow?

    The school forms part of the much loved Hackney City Farm and our young people receive their education in a farm environment where they can gain skills in animal husbandry, horticulture, farm building maintenance, bicycle maintenance, cooking, and much more.

    Our curriculum is based around basic skills, vocational education and personal development.

    Our students are entered for Functional Skills examinations at Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 (GCSE equivalent) in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT. Some students also sit Maths GCSE.

    We use the Open College Network London to accredit our courses in animal husbandry, horticulture, bicycle maintenance and emergency first aid. We offer BTEC Level 1 and Level 2 Home Cooking Skills.

    A core component of our curriculum focuses on improving young people’s emotional and social wellbeing. This is delivered primarily through the PHSE curriculum, one-to-one tutoring and mentoring. A number of our students gain a Step Up Award in Personal Development accredited by the Open College Network London.

    Most days include outdoor activities and sports, as well as environmental, practical and creative projects.

    We have achieved great success in stabilising and improving attendance, improving re-engagement with the education process and ensuring that all our young people progress to good quality destinations.


    The School at Hackney City Farm,
    Hackney City Farm,
    1a Goldsmith’s Row,
    London, E2 8QA

    Tel: 020 7729 6391 or 07950 536 796

    School Manager: Adrian Johnson


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