'Fowl play' will expand curriculum for Community Challenge winners
Published by Alison Donovan for The Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust in Housing and also in Care and Support, Communities, Education, Environment
Pebble Brook Urban Farm sign
COMMUNITY SPECIAL SCHOOL, Pebble Brook, will soon be able to add a new and unusual subject to its syllabus - thanks to the efforts of a local radio station and the Vale of Aylesbury Housing (the Trust).
The Trust and its building partners Travis Perkins, Enterprise and Amey will start work on constructing an urban farm for the school during the Easter holidays. In just 10 days a disused area at the back of the school will be transformed into an urban farm - in time for its feathered and four legged 'residents' to move in at the start of the term.
Pebble Brook won the Mix 96 'Community Challenge' in 2013, their ambition being to build an urban farm for teaching pupils how to nurture and study small animals, ranging from rabbits to ducks. The school provides specialist support for 11 to 19 year olds with communication and interaction needs living in the Aylesbury Vale district.
Andrew Rysdale, Head of Asset Management at the Trust, who told the school they had won the competition live on air said: "Pebble Brook's idea opens the door to a whole new way of learning. The fact that it will be integrated into the pupil's curriculum, with the prospect of gaining a qualification is an outstanding opportunity and one that we have had the pleasure of being involved in from start to finish."
David Miller, Head Teacher at Pebble Brook, said: "Vale of Aylesbury Housing have been absolutely fantastic from the start of this development, from planning the build to finding the animals locally. The pupils and all of the teaching staff are excited to see the finished farm and will certainly benefit from all of the effort that has been put into making the project a success."