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Rushall Organic Farm - John Simonds Trust

Rushall Organic Farm - John Simonds Trust

The John Simonds Trust is based at Rushall Manor. A 700 year old farmyard, still complete with an oak-timbered barn, a granary, a cart shed and stables is now converted for use for community functions, classrooms and accommodation. A team of staff with a love for the countryside is available to carry out educational work throughout the year. The Trust welcomes over 14,000 school children each year, of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. It offers hands-on experiences of the countryside including lambing, curriculum based farm studies, river studies and habitat days including bees and pond dipping. Some schools also camp for a number of days and we can offer a range of exciting experiences. Each visit is individually tailored to meet the national curriculum requirements for each school


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  • Coach parking
  • Covered space
  • Disabled toilets
  • Hand washing facilities
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair access

Heated lunchrooms


Full day visit. Normally 10.00am to 2.15pm is £10 per child for secondary schools and £9.50 per child for primary schools. Small groups need to be aware that there is a minimum charge per day but do contact us to discuss.
Half day visits in the morning (normally 10-12) are priced at £6.50 per child for infant school age (reception, Year 1 & Year 2) or £5.50 per child for pre-school age. Schools which book for half a day are more than welcome to stay and have a packed lunch at the farm if they wish. Half day visits in the afternoons (normally 12.15-2.15) are priced at £5.50 per child to reflect the fact that afternoons are often less convenient for schools. Schools that visit in the afternoon are able to start with a packed lunch at the Manor site before the visit commences. Evening visits by Brownies, Cubs etc. are charged at £5 per child or on a group basis for small groups. For all the above there is no cost for teaching staff or adult helpers unless a standard pupil: staff ratio is exceeded (see below).

What we can offer

  • Pre-visit information available
  • Provision of materials/equipment/livestock
  • Risk assessment
  • Set programmes
  • Tailored programmes


CEVAS Accredited

This place has CEVAS accredited personnel.

CEVAS stands for Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme. A nationally recognised accreditation, the scheme offers training for individuals who are working – or plan to work – with groups of school children, young people or clients with additional needs.

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