Agriculture and Animal Management
Welcome to the Agriculture and Animal Management Department
Mrs G Hatton, Lead Teacher for Animal Care
Mr Stuart Armitage, Farm Manager
Miss Isabel Hands, Assistant Farm Manager
Mrs Marie Jones, Farm Education Co-ordinator
Miss Abbie Barnett, Farm Technician
Mrs Wendy Clark, Farm Technician
Our Mission Statement: To provide a practical, relevant and realistic experience of farming, the care of animals and the rural environment.
The department offers a number of qualifications at Key Stages 4
KS4: BTEC TECH Level 1/2 in animal care
Animal care is a vital sub-sector within the land-based industry and is important to the UK economy. This qualification is a Technical Award equivalent in size to one GCSE. It provides an introduction to some of the key themes within the industry, enabling students to develop their knowledge and practical technical skills; a large part of the course time will be practically based.
The course is delivered and assessed at The Warriner School Farm, within normal timetabled lessons, and makes use of the routine tasks associated with the livestock enterprises and the small animal collection. Successful students would be able to progress to more in depth level 2 and level 3 qualifications in a land-based subject. Or use the qualification to support a more traditional academic route through GCSE and A level biology. Successful students would also be in a good position to undertake animal care/veterinary nursing apprenticeships.
The programme covers the following topic areas:
- Animal Accommodation
- Animal Handling
- Animal Health and Welfare
Key Stage 4
Students are able to participate in a wide range of activities associated with the day to day running of the farm and management of the animal collection. Activities include: feeding the animals before school, animal husbandry tasks, moving of resources, animal training and care tasks at lunch times; when older students can even learn to drive a tractor. Students who demonstrate commitment to the farm activities have the opportunity to become “Farm Leaders” as they progress through the school and assist the younger students in their development.