Poole Farm has celebrated its first ever students’ achievements following a successful first year since its extensive renovation.
The old dairy site, which now provides Animal Care and Land Management courses run by Duchy College, is home to all manner of animals for the students to tend to.
Poole Farm is run and operated by Plymouth City Council and is at the heart of Derriford Community Park in collaboration with Duchy College and the Plymouth Learning and Experience consortium.
Carol Knight, curriculum lead for animal science at Duchy College said it was “wonderful” to be able to celebrate a successful first year of operations.
“These students are benefitting from the actions taken by the Council when a gap was identified in animal care and land management courses available to sixth form students in Plymouth,” she explained.
“This was a really a joint celebration of achievement for our first cohort of Animal Care students based at Poole Farm and to celebrate the hard work and commitment of a number of volunteers at Poole Farm who are involved through the Devon Wildlife Trust with Nature Plymouth and Active Neighbourhoods.”
Duchy College has worked with the Plymouth Partnership for Learning and Education alongside a number of schools in the local area, including Tor Bridge High, All Saints Academy and Sir John Hunt Community Sports College), to offer vocational studies in Animal Care at Poole Farm.
This has all been possible through a strong, ongoing collaboration with Plymouth City Council, with the opportunity for a whole raft of land-based and STEM-related education within Animal Science, Conservation and Horticulture developing on the site for 2019 and beyond.
“It was fantastic to see the students receive their certificates and awards as recognition of their achievements this year and they have all worked hard, had a great time and gained good knowledge and skills to promote their progression to Level 2 in the coming year,” Carol continued.
“They should be very proud of their achievements!”