The Pirbright Nurture Farm
Welcome to Pirbright Nurture Farm!
Pirbright Nurture Farm is a not-for-profit enterprise based at Pirbright Village Primary School. It provides valuable pastoral support for children of all ages from throughout the local community. Through animals, we provide therapeutic experiences and structured learning opportunities with social and emotional development as our priority.
Keep up to date with the latest news on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pirbrightnurturefarm
The Nurture Farm has now been running for over two years and was created here in the grounds of Pirbright School, during the course of 2019-2020, thanks to funding from the Community Foundation for Surrey, the Guildford Lions and the Military Covenant Fund; and volunteer support from the Woking Community Matters Partnership Project.
The Pirbright Nurture Farm has four key objectives:
- providing pastoral and social emotional support through structured programs of learning and animal-based intervention;
- providing animal-assisted activities for children and their families from the wider community;
- creating motivating and supportive opportunities for integration for our military community;
- further enriching the curriculum we offer our pupils.
We currently welcome children for sessions each week from an ever-widening area across north Surrey and Hampshire. We welcome children from local schools, nurseries and community organisations and run bespoke sessions to meet the needs of individuals. If you work for a local school, charity or organisation and would like to find out more, please contact us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Below is an information flyer summarising the Nurture Farm. We would be very happy to accommodate you!
Nurture Farm Information Leaflet 2022
Our Nurture Farm Policy 2020-22
A VIDEO TOUR OF THE NEWLY CONSTRUCTED FARM
Please check out our introductory video. This was filmed back in the summer term of 2020 and gives you a guide around the newly constructed nurture farm area. Since filming the farm has continued to grow with a number of new residents.
CONSTRUCTING THE NURTURE FARM 2019-20
Click here to watch a short video of the project from autumn 2019 to summer 2020:
During the build, we were so lucky to have numerous volunteers and resources from our school community to help the whole process run smoothly and despite the lockdowns during 2020, we completed construction in June that year. We then made the most of the autumn, welcoming small groups of children to spend time at the farm as well as introducing the farm to numerous headteachers and teachers from a variety of mainstream and specialist schools.
We would like to thank the Army Training Centre, Alexandra Barracks, for purchasing Rabbit and Guinea Pig housing for our project! We also received a generous donation from DixonSearle. Big thanks go to BMW UK and Dynavics Ltd for giving up their valuable time to help with the construction during the February half-term break. We also received a kind contribution from the Surrey Gardens Trust towards planting around the farm.
A special thanks also goes to Andy Fox of Albatross Carpentry for his time and expertise and John Jenney, Paul Lynch and Tony Ryan for their contribution to the building work.
In addition, there were many families who have given up their time on weekends and during the school breaks to contribute to the build. Their support has been invaluable!
These contributions made such a difference!
The Nurture Farm Newsletters below provided regular information about the progress of the build.