Animal magic for school as it looks to grow creature variety
IF you look back on your school days, you’ll probably remember a class hamster, tortoise or guinea pig.
But one school is looking to expand the type - and number - of animals it has.
St Edward’s Infants and Junior School in Charlton Kings has submitted an application to Cheltenham Borough Council with a wish-list of creatures it wants to take on.
The independent schoo would like:
Two (castrated) British Kune Kune society micro pigs in a separate paddock
Four small alpacas, with up to two alpaca baby cria during breeding season which are then sold on
Up to 12 poultry birds for egg laying
This would add to the animals already at the school, which are two Golden Guerney/pigmy goats (which up to three temporary kids during breeding season), and mixed-bred poultry.
It says all soiling on the paddock is removed twice a day by an on-site registered farmer, with pest control contract in place - which sees weekly visits to the school, which has a daily farm club.
The head groundsman and headmaster will look after the husbandry, with welfare managed by two parents who are vets, as well as Dragon Vets, in New Barn Lane.
It adds the “very small” project is seen by families as they drive by and that standards of hygiene and management continues to be excellent.
There is also help through a rota of volunteers, but even without this assistance, there is enough staff support to keep the project well maintained.