Thistley Hough Academy Farm

A team of 20 workers from Fenton-based contractor Novus dug their way to a victorious day at the school, helping to build a path across the farm, construct new fencing and install a pen which will eventually be home to a family of farm animals.

Throughout the day, Novus’ new apprentices worked alongside senior staff, which gave them a taste of the working world and the opportunity to learn skills from those with more experience.

Over time, the farm at the Penkhull school is expected to expand organically, with animals including chickens, goats and a donkey being introduced over the next year. The academy’s pupils, along with pupils from nearby primary schools, will be able to use the farm for practical learning opportunities once complete.

Novus and Thistley Hough have formed a partnership as part of charity Business in the Community’s Business Class initiative, which sees schools and businesses working alongside each other to share best practice, and the Community Challenge formed part of this.

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