To enrich pupils knowledge and experiences of practical horticulture and countryside skills through a range of practical activities. These include growing and planting, caring for animals, conservation and cultural themes.

The school’s practical aims are:
Children learn:



To create a successful, sustainable garden using organic methods How to grow things in a safe and sustainable way, and how to run their own successful gardens        
To enjoy gardening and have positive attitudes to agriculture
To provide a model of a mixed kitchen garden for the community To talk to families and community members about gardening practices



To produce food for the school How to grow food for themselves
To improve children’s diet with garden produce How to improve diet and prepare healthy meals with garden produce
To improve children’s eating habits To appreciate healthy foods and to change their own eating habits
MARKETING To sell garden produce to get income for the school Business skills and entrepreneurship



To improve the school environment (trees/grass/paths/ flowers, etc.) Respect for and interest in their school environment
To collect rainwater, grey water; to encourage helpful insects; to prevent erosion, etc. Environmental awareness and understanding, respect for nature, natural resource management
SCHOOL SUBJECTS To reinforce some areas of the school curriculum (e.g. science, environmental science, home economics) Particular subjects through active, hands-on experience


To help children survive and prosper in the world How to plan, take decisions, collaborate, take responsibility, explain and persuade, etc.


To bring together school, children, families and community in a common endeavour To relate to adults in various ways and to be aware of gardening practices in the community            


Key Stage 3

We are following the principles of both Forest Schools and the John Muir Award whilst in Key Stage 3. On the whole the pupils are outside working in the kitchen garden area, the pond and the Forest School areas. It is a very fun and practical based curriculum with the class doing the  following activities

  • Outdoor art     
  • Making pots and planters                                                                             
  • Raft building
  • Den building
  • Musical instruments out of natural resources 
  • Tower making

Key Stage 4

The Key stage 4 curriculum is broken down into units to allow access to all aspects of the course. It is very practically based but does include some in class work. 

In Key Stage 4 we follow a B-Tech in Horticulture which contains the following units;

  • Winter Hanging Baskets,
  • Tree Planting,
  • Growing Vegetables from seed,
  • Small Animal Care,
  • Bulb Planting,
  • Wildlife Habitat Conservation,

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Archers Brook School

Chester Road
Great Sutton
Ellesmere Port
CH66 2NA

Main Contact: June Sedgwick

Tel: 0151 832 6600
Fax: 0151 832 6638