A team of Surrey pupils have had a hands-on lesson in donkey and horse care during an outing to an RSPCA rehabilitation centre.
Year 8 pupils from King Edward’s Witley mucked out stables, cleaned paddocks and learned about donkey and horse nutrition during a day at the Lockwood Centre for Horses and Donkeys.
The trip to the centre – which is run and managed by the RSPCA – was part of the school’s King Edward’s Pursuit of Excellence initiative, which requires younger students to gain knowledge and experience outside of the classroom.
“The decision to work with the Lockwood Centre was made entirely by the children and it was wonderful to see them putting so much effort into their practical responsibilities on the day,” said Steve Gardner, the head of lower school.
Year 8 pupil Christian Brunton loved it, adding: “I did many things that I had never done before, like scooping up donkey poo and disinfecting barns. It gave me an insight on how donkeys are mistreated and how they are brought back to health.”