During work experience week, a number of Year 10 pupils stayed in school to start their Animal Care Course supervised by Mrs. Perkin and Mrs. Parrish (Sharples school HLTAs). We started our course with a visit to the wonderful Smithills Open Farm which provided us with information for our coursework. The students learned about a variety of animals such as: cows, pigs and goats to llamas, owls and even the famous Burmese Python. Smithills Open Farm also provided an animal expert to come into school to talk about animal care and behaviour. They even bought in a striking European Owl.

The students worked extremely hard to prepare for their Year 11 BTEC in animal care.