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Schoolsworks is a multi-academy trust in West Sussex. Our aim is to create small hubs of schools which work closely together to collaborate, share best practice and improve outcomes for children.

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Whytemead Primary School

We're looking forward to welcoming our new members of the Whytemead community!

We are super excited to be welcoming two beautiful pygmy goats to Whytemead! 

Over the Easter Holidays our grassed area has been turned into a paddock and we have begun to buy all the necessary equipment so we can accommodate and care for the goats.

The two Pygmy Goats were born during the Easter Holidays and four members of staff travelled to Essex to meet them and take part in a goat keeping course! The breeder that we are working with
has supplied many schools and petting zoos across the country and recently provided London Zoo with their newest goats.


They will be joining Whytemead towards the end of June, when they have spent 12 weeks with their mother. The children will be given the option to spend time with the goats during the school day and will learn how to look after them. It will also be possible for families to sign up to play with them after school. We are hoping they will take a very active role in the school! If you know that your child is allergic to goats, please do let us know.

We are going to see if there are any willing volunteers to come and look after them during weekends and school holidays. Looking after them will involve letting them out in the morning, feeding them, playing with them and then returning to put them away in the evening. 


We are currently on the lookout for the following to put in our paddock:

  • A large tree stump or trunk
  • A large wooden cable reel
  • Concrete patio slabs (used ones are fine) – goats don’t like to get their hooves too muddy!
  • Rubber mats – stable mats or mud mats
  • Scaffolding boards

 

If you are able to donate any of the above items please see Mr Waddington or Mr Grant before bringing them in. We still want to have enough space for the goats to run about! 


If anyone knows anywhere that could provide us with a supply of straw and hay at a good price - preferably in bales - please do let us know.
I hope that everyone will really enjoy having goats at school and that they will be an exciting addition to Whytemead for many years to come. If you have any further questions or ideas about the goats, please do feel free to come and chat to
Mr Waddington.