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School closes farm after 20 years due to "increasing demand for more academic subjects"

A school is set to close a farm on its site where pupils have been caring for animals for nearly 20 years - due to "increasing demand for more academic subjects".

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There has been a reduction in those opting to study agricultural subjects at Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School in Coventry.

 

The NFU said it would be "a great shame" to see the school farm go.

 

The school said it was changing its "curriculum offer to raise standards and accommodate increasing demand in its maths and science subjects".

 

Short term agricultural courses will continue to be honoured for students currently studying the subjects and due to take exams in the next academic year.

 

Adoption

 

Members of the school, academy schools and the local community will be given the opportunity to adopt the farm’s small animals, which include rabbits, mice, hamsters and guinea pigs.

 

Chair of the school’s Local Academy Committee Steve Mangan told the BBC: "The farm has had its benefits over the years, however times have changed and we must acknowledge this and cater for the increasing demand for more academic subjects."

 

The school said farm staff would be offered other roles at the school.

 

Oliver Cartwright from the Stoneleigh-based NFU: "It will obviously be a great shame to see the school farm go because the NFU does a lot of agri education work alongside its lobbying for farmers and we know that actually connecting with the next generation, farming can play a hugely exciting and important role in the national curriculum."

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