Suffolk Farming School of the Year

The 2024 competition will focus on Nurturing Nature - Farming Our Food, with learning opportunities for food chains, pollination, plant life cycles, habitats, environment, classification and adaptation.

Kindly sponsored by Felix Cobbold Trust.

The competition consists of three rounds:

First round

Design and build a model showing a cross-section of healthy soil. You can display the different soil layers, creatures found in the soil and foods grown underground. We would also like you to submit a summary of up to 200 words - ‘Soil is important to farming because……..’  which will help judges to understand the thought process behind your model.  The model must be made from recyclable packaging and be no larger than 70cm x 70cm x 70cm. The models will be judged by farmers and the top five schools will go forward to the semi-final which will take place on Friday 10 May at Trinity Park.

Semi-final - Friday 10 May, Trinity Park

At the semi-final, children will experience a day of interactive workshops including cookery, art, meeting farmers and investigating how looking after our soil plays an active part in food production.  Pupils will be assessed on their knowledge, team work and enthusiasm, with the top three schools going through to the final.  A grant will be given towards transport costs.


The final of this prestigious competition takes place at the Suffolk Show (the show is part of our local heritage and this competition is a fantastic opportunity for local schools to be recognised across Suffolk for participating).  Five pupils from each school will be asked to perform an eight minute presentation. Pupils are free to present using drama, song, dance, art and / or poetry and the winning school will be announced at the Suffolk Show. The finalist pupils will receive complimentary admission tickets for two adults (under 15’s go free).  Press publicity will be gained for the winning school, along with a trophy and certificate. Runner up schools also receive certificates.

Age Group: Yrs 3, 4, 5 and 6

Apply by: Friday 15 December 2023

For more information or to register your interest in taking part please email Hannah Woods.



2022 Competition Winners

Stoke By Nayland Primary School






2019 Competition Winners

Ipswich High School








2018 Competition Winners

Saxmundham Primary School








2017 Competition Winners

Acton CEVC Primary School