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    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. We also offer part-time courses for groups of students.

    We receive referrals via Hackney’s vocational college and Pupil Referral Unit, and New Regents College, Ickburgh Road, E5 8AD, tel. 020 8985 6833.


    September 2020

    Welcome to the School at Hackney City Farm! We are happy to meet you/see you again and we hope that you will be happy here this term.

    Here are a few rules we would like you to be aware of because of the coronavirus risk to everyone’s health and rules about behaviour generally:

    Keep at least 1 metre+ apart from others i.e. no touching and no malicious coughing
    Wash your hands in-between activities and when you arrive at and leave school asks, gloves and hand sanitiser are available for use)
    Only use the equipment given to you
    Follow adult instructions regarding safety
    If at any point you feel unwell or unsafe, inform an adult and if you feel unwell before coming to school, you should stay at home
    Respect others as you would wish to be respected
    Try your best at all times
    Hand in your phone, tablet, earphones for safekeeping when asked to do so

    THE PROCEDURES WE WILL FOLLOW IF A STUDENT DISPLAYS SYMPTOMS OF C-19 (e.g. high temperature, new continuous cough, lack of taste/smell)

    1. Isolate the student from others
    2. Call the carer/parent to inform them
    3. Issue a test to the pupil
    4. Drive them home in the taxi
    5. Parent/carer to inform the school of the results of the test
    6. AJ to inform the local health protection team (see below) if the test is positive
    7. Decision is taken by the local health protection team as to whether to close the school:

    Local Health Protection Team

    PHE North East and North Central London Health Protection Team

    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.

    School Policies:





    Beaviour Policy-2022


    Complaints Procedure 2022

    Curiculum Policy-2022













    Staff Conduct Policy -2022

    Visitor policy 2022


    Please click here for our Curriculum Overview

    School Manager:

    Adrian Johnson school@hackneycityfarm.co.uk

    Governor’s Information

    The school proprietor is the chair of Hackney City Farm Trustees. David Brook can be contacted on 020 7729 6381 or farm@hackneycityfarm.co.uk

    The Governors of the School are led by John Condon (Chair) assisted by Catrin Lewis and Chris Pounds. They may be contacted on 020 7729 6381 or farm@hackneycityfarm.co.uk.   The proprietor is also a member of the Governing Body.

    The postal address for the Proprietor and the Governors is:

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

    Tel: 020 7729 6391

    OFSTED Reports: Overall Effectiveness Rated GOOD (March 2018)

    March 2018 Download Here

    Exam & Assessment Results

    The School is a referral unit for young people with diverse educational backgrounds.

    Of the 8 students that completed examinations at the School in the 2016-2017 academic year we are pleased to report that 7 achieved Maths Functional Skills at Level 3. Additionally 2 students gained English at Level 2 and 1 an accredited ICT qualification.

    All students had improved attendance as a result of attending the School. Upon leaving all 8 planned to continue in further education in a variety of fields.

    If you would like further information on our students achievements please do not hesitate to contact the School Manger directly.

    Pupil Premium

    Pupil Premium is held by the school’s educational partners, New Regent’s College. This is used to fund the placement at our school, as well as to pay for team support from the College.

    Charging & Remissions

    The School at Hackney City Farm is an Alternative Provider and makes no individual pupil or parent charges.

    School Complaints Procedure

    Please click here for our Complaints Procedure 03/18