Young farmers mean business with new initiative

Young farmers at Sutton-on-Derwent Primary School have put their farming and business brains together to launch the ‘Crop and Shop’ initiative.

In an effort to build on their outdoor educational programme, the school successfully applied for funding from the National Lottery to buy a polytunnel which is now based on land it has leased from local landowner The Crown Estate adjacent to the school.

NPOC - Sutton on Derwent school- polytunnel opening with  Aileen Secker (chair of goveners) Annette Atkin and Angela Eckers

NPOC - Sutton on Derwent school- polytunnel opening with Aileen Secker (chair of goveners) Annette Atkin and Angela Eckers

The polytunnel will allow pupils to grow more crops to sell at the school shop and at the Harvest Festival in September.

It was officially opened at the school’s annual Party in the Playground, by Aileen Secker, Chair of Governors.

Headteacher Angela Ekers said: “We want to provide a rich and varied learning environment for all children, both indoors and outdoors.

“The students really enjoy spending time outdoors farming and growing plants. They acquire useful skills, develop an appreciation of the natural environment and also cover many aspects of the Science curriculum.”

“The Crop and Shop project will benefit both the village and the school.”