School puffs itself up for new farm barn
A BEARDED dragon called Puff, two leopard geckos called Fabs and JJ and a rainbow boa snake called Rio are among some of the new additions to Ashford’s North School farm.
The Essella Road farm has also welcomed two terrapins called Raphael and Leonardo, a corn snake called Millwood and a Red Devon calf born on St George’s day and called, of course, North George.
All the animals form part of the students’ diploma classes and animal care classes where they learn how to care for and look after the creatures.
Fundraising is about to begin at the school which is set to lose its farm because Kent County Council plans to build 25 homes on the site.
The school now has to raise cash so it can build a purposebuilt barn to house its cows, chickens, pigs, goats, rabbits, turkeys and sheep.
Farm co-ordinator Karen Little said: “We’re going to be holding a fashion show on July 9 and all the proceeds will be going to the farm.
“We’re going to be using our own students as models, and maybe even some of the staff if they’d like to volunteer. For the clothes we’ll be having Fair Trade, high street fashion and vintage brands.”
The school is also planning to put on a music festival as well as holiday clubs for pre-school and primary school pupils over the summer. The club will enable children to take part in various activities on the farm.
The North School has recently begun a recruitment drive because the size of its sixth form is set to grow following the success of the school’s first year of providing post-16 education. From this September students are expected to flock to the school to study for their A-levels, as well as BTEC diplomas in animal management, among other subjects.
Tickets for the fashion show can be purchased from the school and cost £4 for adults and £2 for children.