Life on the farm for Redborne students

Two students at Redborne school are learning how to bring home the bacon with farming apprenticeships funded by The Connolly Foundation 

Jack Suddabby, 18 and Mackenzie Harris, 16 are studying for qualifications that they are hoping will lead to a career in agriculture and husbandry. 

Jack, a former Redborne student, has been working on the farm for two years whilst also studying at Shuttleworth College.  He is continuing to gain relevant qualifications such as his Transport of Animal Licence.  

He has now bought a small flock of Herdwick sheep that he keeps at the school farm and is hoping to expand on this flock.  Jack has also gained a licence that enables him to raise and prepare Christmas turkeys onsite. 

Jack will also be taking on more of a lead role in selling farm produce and advertising the products available from the farm. 

The Connolly Foundation has also secured another apprenticeship for Mackenzie Harris, known as Mickie, who has just finished her GCSEs.  

Teacher Kelly Savage said: “Mickie has a passion for agriculture. She will hopefully be enrolled at college soon and starting with us after the summer.  

“A real success has been the bespoke curriculum that is run at Redborne school as part of our learning support department.  

“Jack has begun to work along side these students that have special educational needs and will be working towards a horticulture qualification. Jack and Mickie will also be supporting these students alongside their teaching assistant to gain confidence and skills around the livestock on the farm.” 

A former apprenticeship student Ryan Jones is now in full time employment, having gained his Level 2 Agriculture Diploma.