Each student enjoys a designated Rural Studies lesson each week, led by Mr Hamilton, who has been our Farm Manager for many years and was previously Deputy Head teacher here at Weatherfield.
Our practically based lessons have led to the rich diversity of plants, wild life, pond life and, of course, our farm animals that we are privileged to nurture. We have two alpacas, goats, sheep, chickens, geese, ducks, guinea fowl, rabbits and guinea pigs currently living happily on our farm. We have a fruit garden, vegetable garden, herb garden and strawberry field as well as many flowerbeds and pots and also a wildlife conservation area.
The students learn how to grow all plants successfully from seed, cuttings or bulbs and are involved in caring for plants and animals throughout their lifecycles. These essential life skills are integral to our provision for each student.
We are proud to have achieved four Eco-Schools Green Flag awards, thanks to the contribution of the whole school community, particularly our thriving Eco-Monitors group, led by Mrs Drury and Mr Dowling. We have also been directly involved with Anglia in Bloom and Dunstable in Bloom for many years and have achieved many awards.
At Key Stage 3, pupils are taught five weekly lessons for Literacy skills and three lessons for English, focussing on improving the quality of the books that they read and their comprehension skills.
At Key Stage 4 and 5, pupils have at least 4 weekly English lessons. We see English as a fundamental skill to develop.