SchoolsCompany Field School is a complementary provision supporting students from Central Devon Academy and South and West Academy. It is sponsored by the SchoolsCompany Trust. The Field School offers land-based education and bespoke therapeutic programmes to support our students attending our academies and those who are hard to reach. The Field School can also offer specialist programmes to students from other local main stream schools.

About us

The site for the SchoolsCompany Field School is ideally located for both our Central and South and West Devon Academies and is set in the heart of the South Hams in a walled garden on an organic farm. There is a small orchard, fruit bushes and room for a large polytunnel. The setting is south facing and provides huge potential for growing a significant amount of organic food.

The Field School is open 5 days per week and offers BTEC and City and Guilds qualifications in land-based studies, Forest Schools activities and 1-1 complementary programmes. The Field School will also be used as a field studies centre for Art, Science, Food Technology and Personal, Social and Health Education.

Aim and Mission

Our mission is to enable the students who come to the Field School to develop personally whilst restoring their health and wellbeing to improve their engagement with learning. We aim to do this holistically by empowering all the senses through practical experiences, and adventure and above all enjoyment.

The fruit and vegetables, the eggs and the honey produced at the Field School will be grown, harvested and eaten by our students, with the potential for retailing produce in the local community.


All our Land-based Staff are science teachers or instructors with either horticulture, ecology, or environmental training and qualifications.

Our complementary programme leaders and support staff usually have either an educational background; Forest Schools training or therapeutic qualifications; for example, Thrive training, counselling and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.


Through our unique pupil development mapping system, we identify the appropriate approach for our students, whether it be a personal 1-1 complementary programme, a vocational qualification, taking part in Forest Schools activities, or a combination of all three.


Regular community, social and festive events marked by the seasons’ calendar will enable us to ensure sustainability is at the heart of everything we do at the Field School. We will endeavour to make sure the Field School is part of the vibrant local community of Buckfastleigh and Dartington.

For further information contact Laura Griffin, Lead Practitioner for Land-Based Studies and Environmental Therapeutic Intervention.

Email: laura.griffin@schoolscompany.co.uk

Tel: 07825 505 158