Chalkhill Farm

Our aims are to:

 

Chalkhill Farm has been working with young people for 10 years. We pride ourselves on the environment we provide and the  tailored programmes we can offer students.

We are predominantly an engagement facility, working with disengaged young people  who cannot or will not attend mainstream education.

Our students are usually referred to us as part of their alternative provision, studying maths and English at other centres while coming to us for help with social and life skills or to improve their practical skills and their chances of later  employment.

 

The farm is based in a quiet, rural setting on the outskirts of Canterbury.

We have various animals which students use either for therapy or to help them  learn new skills.

 

On site we have:

  • a wildlife area

  • a small growing area

  • chickens

  • horses

  • fancy mice

  • goats and a cow

  • To ensure that no child falls through the net of education and social provision

  • Provide all children with the opportunity to engage

  • Develop confidence, self worth and self belief

  • Improve the chances of obtaining education and life skills

  • Give every young person the chance to be listened to and heard without prejudice

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Many of the young people when they start with us are angry, destructive, sometimes violent, and alone but most of all they are very vulnerable.

What they gain is a sense of belonging and a sense of purpose, in an environment created to be calm and stress free.

When they leave, they may not realise but they will know how to work together, be able to nurture, have skills that will help with employment and be able to think for themselves.

"Improvement with: Social skills  - Life skills - Dealing with problems - Learning about consequence - Learning how the world and the cycle of life works. None of this can be done in a classroom with such vulnerable young people"