Eco Club is an opportunity for students to get up close and personal with both domestic and exotic species. From rabbits, donkeys and snakes; students get the opportunity to care for and learn about some of our most loved residents. After academy hours, students have the ability learn how to clean, cuddle and generally care for our forever expanding furry family. We also promote gardening and bug hunting in the warmer months and in previous years have grown our own fruit and vegetables to display at the Orsett Show.
Eco Club allows students to communicate with one another, support other students with handling and animal care and gives them the pet they always wanted but were never able to have. Curriculum areas from around the Academy often use it as a base for creative learning opportunities and extended thinking. Science, English, Art and French are among the subjects that have based several lessons around the facility. A highlight of our year at Eco Club is watching the very beginnings of a life cycle, hatching our own chicks using an incubator and teaching students about embryo formation as well as the hand-rearing of our baby bunnies which is much looked forward to by both staff and students.
The governing Body recognises the positive benefits which can accrue from the responsible observation of living creatures at close quarters, both in terms of securing an engaging delivery of the science curriculum and enhancing pupils development. The academy has a range of animals onsite, anyone wishing to bring an animal onto the premises will need to contact the principals PA for guidance about bringing animals onto the premises (guidance for the academy is available). Dangerous wild animals as defined by the Dangerous wild animals act 1976 may not be brought onto the premises – a list of such species is on the DEFRA website.