Pupils at Kent College are incredibly lucky to have access to the school’s full working farm, set in 50 acres (20 hectares) of land. Moat Farm is a short walk from the main Senior school campus, and is open to all pupils from both the Junior and Senior schools. It is equally popular with students who want to be Young Farmers or are aiming to pursue a career such as veterinary science, or with those who simply love the experience of spending time with the wide array of farm animals. Moat Farm also has a riding school and arena, where pupils can learn to ride and to look after horses.
The school’s Farmers’ Club has been in action for more than 60 years, and it allows pupils to work with all the animals on the farm: a breeding herd of Sussex cattle, pigs, a small flock of sheep, as well as the farm’s hens, ducks, rabbits and guinea pigs! The farm is a source of top-quality pork, lamb and mutton that is used in the Kent College kitchens by the school’s Head Chef, Neil Wiggins.
One of the highlights of the school year is a visit every July to the Kent County Show, where animals are carefully groomed and shown by students, often winning prizes. Another is ‘Carols on the Farm’, an annual Christmas event held in the suitably decorated barn, with singing and music. Every year the school also holds a Farm Open Day, where children can come and experience being Young Farmers for a day.
“…going to the farm has made me more determined and given me valuable work experience and skills I’ll need in the future...” (KC pupil