The School Farm Awards 2018, held on Monday 2 July, celebrated and recognised the achievements of school farms, their schools and students from across the country. The Education Alliance partners were delighted to again to hold the Awards at the Royal Agricultural University, following a highly successful inaugural year in 2017.
For 2018 there were 7 award categories and out of an impressive field of submissions, 17 schools were shortlisted and invited to the ceremony to find out if they had won the won the coveted winner's plaques, kindly provided by Muddy Faces (www.muddyfaces.co.uk).
Julie Walkling, Director of Operations at the Royal Agricultural University, opened the awards and announced the Finalists, Runners Up and Winners in all categories.
The standard of submissions across all entries was incredibly high, and the judges were delighted to receive submissions from schools across the UK, including primary schools, secondary schools and colleges, special schools and schools with alternative provision.
The judges enjoyed reading such a wide variety of submissions and finding out more about each unique School Farm: from school farms who use their sites to enable young people to develop their inter-personal, communication and sensory learning, to school farms who run extensive commercial activity.
The School Farms Network Education Alliance (SFNEA) is a partnership between the Royal Agricultural University, Applied Inspiration (an education specialist firm) and the School Farms Network, supported by Social Farms and Gardens. The Education Alliance aims to support and encourage land-based practices and pursuits in schools and communities, with visible pathways through to land-based higher education and careers.