A group of Haverhill students reached the final ten of a national competition recently.
Castle Manor Academy pupils attended the area final of The Guardian’s ‘The School We’d Like’ competition at the Museum of London on February 4, which awarded £5,000 to the winners in order to improve their school and the local community.
Students produced an idea to develop a pop up farm in their community orchard area, which would house two pigs and two sheep, providing learning opportunities for students and the local community.
The new area would supplement the successful outside learning area, which is managed primarily by students and houses several rescue chickens as well as a selection of other animals and variety of growing areas.
Castle Manor’s entry made it to the top ten, having been selected from 320 entries.
Judges were impressed with the scheme, saying: “Our judges thoroughly enjoyed Castle Manor’s presentation; it was fun, energetic and colourful. The character and ethos of the school was so clear and compelling.
“It was fascinating to learn about the impact that the school garden has already had on students and the school; from learning and engagement to attendance – and we can see there’s lots of potential here.”
Presentations were delivered by students and staff at the specially organized event in London.
The students were not successful in winning the prize, but the event has helped to crystalise the vision.
Becky Baldwin, who runs the current outside learning area and animal scheme, says that she will continue to pursue the idea.
“We have already began to do what we can to renovate the area,” she said.
“We have already started pruning the orchard and are looking at other ways to fund the new equipment.”
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