VIP Open Event at Tom’s Farm

Last week we held our first VIP Open Event. Guests had the opportunity to enjoy refreshments and fresh produce, get a tour of the farm, listen to talks from Josh Farrell, Farm Manage, Andre Bailey, Principal and School Therapists on the therapeutic and vocational opportunities at the farm.

It was a great day, enjoyed by all.

Chairman of Rare Breeds Survival Trust, Gail Sprake, said “Animals and children have a natural affinity and the benefits and positive outcomes from regular contact with livestock cannot be overstated.

Animals offer youngsters an opportunity to interact and develop bonds and relationships which can provide lifelong benefits.

Tom’s Farm provides pupils with a unique experience: the day to day care and management of farm livestock, taking responsibility for animals in their care and playing a part in the production of farm livestock to produce healthy wholesome food.

That the animals in Tom’s Farm are rare and native breeds of UK farm livestock means that Nightingale Community Academy and Tom’s Farm are playing a part in conserving some of the rarest breeds of farm livestock, whilst providing educational and therapeutic opportunities.”

The principal and leadership team, well supported by the Orchard Hill College and Academy Trust, have provided strong leadership, which has had a positive impact on the school’s effectiveness. As a result, there have been improvements in all areas, most noticeably in pupils’ behaviour and attitudes, the curriculum and in the wider opportunities for pupils.

Ofsted, February 2019

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