Near Liverpool, Woodchurch High School began a farm 13 years ago to introduce city students to farm life. The farm has taught students about farming careers and helped them appreciate nature. Former students from Birkenhead near Liverpool became dairy farmers and veterinarians, crediting the farm for guiding their career paths.

In an area with money problems, the school’s farm is like a safe place for students. Social mobility, or moving to a higher income level, is very hard in the UK now. This farm gives students a way to learn about different jobs and people outside their city. The headteacher, Rebekah Phillips, thinks it is important for young people to show what they can do and grow socially and emotionally. The farm is not just for animals; it is where students can show off their skills. Every year, students go to big county shows and show what they have learned by taking care of animals like sheep, alpacas, goats, pigs, and chickens. Linda Hackett, who manages the farm, talked about the good support from farming communities. Former student Sophie Tedesco, now a dairy farmer, credits the school with teaching about farming. The farm received praise for safeguarding an almost extinct sheep breed, yet despite its community impact, school evaluations overlook its value, as noted by Headteacher Phillips. She proudly mentioned the farm’s impeccable record, except for a notable incident involving a child feeding a sheep a potato chip, drawing attention.