Education School farm

The previous manager of the school farm, Dave Crosby, started leading the farm in 1979 and continued to manage and lead the farm until his retirement in 2015. The farm was formed in 1963, followed by a discussion between the headteacher at the time, Walter Hayes, and the Head of rural science at the time, Mr. Ferguson. The farm started with just three rabbits, but they were soon joined by a range of other animals such as gerbils and birds, plus livestock such as sheep, goats, a pony, and a cow. 

When Dave Crosby retired from the school in 2015, the farm was appointed to current manager Esther Blakey, who has a background in veterinary nursing and college lecturing. Esther re-branded the farm club into The Agricultural Science Unit and has since brought in new types of animals, including setting up a staff dog kennel, an exotics room, and new livestock animals to further enhance learning and understanding of animal management and welfare. 




Number of individual Animals


Number of Different Species


Number of years we've been running



The Agricultural Science Unit is based at Saffron Walden County High School and we offer a range of Animal care and Animal Science courses to the schools students as well as to students from external secondary schools.

We hold regular fundraisers open to the public, please visit our 'Events' page to learn more about opportunities to visit The ASU

As well as our regular classes we also offer:

  • Birthday parties

  • Nursery visits

  • Primary school trips

  • Large open events including animal interactions

  • Pre Organised talks and visits

We can be very flexible for those that would like to come and learn about or interact with our animals. If you have a suggestion for a visit to organise, please don't hesitate to get in touch.


Meet The Animals

Click here to see what kind of animals we have here at the ASU. You will also get to see pictures of each of our animals as well as learning where each of our animals are used.

Please bare with us whilst our website goes through a revamp!


You can still book events here online!