Connect with us

Education

Heartbreak to hope in 24 hours after £1,500 Cottenham school theft

Avatar photo

Published

on

Thieves broke into a Cambridgeshire school farm overnight on Sunday and stole £1,500 worth of tools and equipment.

The theft left students and staff at The Centre School, Cottenham, devastated.

“Fortunately, the animals were not hurt, however the school could not afford to replace the expensive equipment their students use to work on the farm,” said a school spokesperson.

But it was then the community rallied to their cause.

“In just 24 hours, the school community came together to raise over £2,000 to replace the essential equipment,” said the spokesperson.

“It has enabled the students to continue their efforts on the farm and keep their animals thriving there.”

Since September 2021, staff and students at The Centre School have worked hard to transform land that had fallen into disrepair back into a working farm.

“The farm is much-loved by the students, creating an environment for them to build relationships and learn about teamwork and responsibility,” said the spokesperson.

In the last year, students have fixed the stable roof, raised fences, maintained hedges, and developed a small irrigation system to maintain plants.

The school has also welcomed some animals to the farm, with students looking after twelve rescue ex-battery hens who are laying eggs.

Since September 2021, staff and students at The Centre School have worked hard to transform land that had fallen into disrepair back into a working farm.

The students sell the eggs to the staff to raise money for chicken feed and the upkeep of the animals.

The students also take care of two ponies, called Doris and Lottie.

Principal Sue Raven said: “We have been very moved by the support from our parents, carers, and friends.

“We can’t believe how generous our community has been in helping us get the farm back up and running.

“Our farm is central to life for our students here.

“This aspect of school life truly supports our students’ social, emotional, and mental wellbeing. It has been a huge success and had such a positive effect on both our students and staff.

“We were all devastated to find our equipment was gone.”

Since September 2021, staff and students at The Centre School have worked hard to transform land that had fallen into disrepair back into a working farm.

She added: “But thanks to our wonderful community, our staff and students can get back to what they love about maintaining the farm and looking after the animals, whilst gaining all the skills and resilience that come with that.”

If you wish to donate, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/thecentreschool

The Centre is a social, emotional, and mental health special school and part of Astrea Academy Trust and has just over 100 students.

The school opened in January 2009 and operates a “creative curriculum that offers a balance of learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom”.

The curriculum aims to produce young people that are successful learners, confident individuals, and responsible citizens. 

A range of accreditation is used at both key stages in order to ensure that life chances are enhanced for all students.

Progression, either within its own 6th form, or with other providers, is a priority for the school.

Facebook

Read More

Say NO to Sunnica campaign group has mounted a massive effort to stop the solar farm PHOTO: Say NO to Sunnica Say NO to Sunnica campaign group has mounted a massive effort to stop the solar farm PHOTO: Say NO to Sunnica
News1 day ago

Labour approve 2,500 acre Sunnica solar farm on Cambridgeshire/Suffolk border

Government also drops 9-year ban on onshore windfarms

Peterborough City Council told CambsNews: ‘Following the recent identification of poisonous hemlock plants on land at Thorpe Meadows, we have worked to restrict access to this area.’ PHOTO: Terry Harris for CambsNews Peterborough City Council told CambsNews: ‘Following the recent identification of poisonous hemlock plants on land at Thorpe Meadows, we have worked to restrict access to this area.’ PHOTO: Terry Harris for CambsNews
Peterborough City Council1 day ago

Poisonous hemlock forces closure of Thorpe Meadows, Peterborough

The signs warn visitors of ‘toxic poison hemlock on site’

Carlyle-Parker, from Wisbech, later pleaded guilty to false imprisonment, actual bodily harm and dangerous driving Carlyle-Parker, from Wisbech, later pleaded guilty to false imprisonment, actual bodily harm and dangerous driving
Crime1 day ago

Wisbech man jailed for ‘horrific attack’ on his partner whilst their child was in the car

'He put all their lives and the lives of other road users at risk'

Human trafficker suspect detained in Whittlesey told police ‘they want me? about what?’ before being advised of his rights and bundled into a police van. Human trafficker suspect detained in Whittlesey told police ‘they want me? about what?’ before being advised of his rights and bundled into a police van.
Crime2 days ago

WATCH: Human trafficker suspect held in Whittlesey on European arrest warrant

Suspect spotted speeding in Bellmans Road arrested in Sycamore Road

NewRiver Retail plan to demolish the car park to make way for a new food store but have not given details of which supermarket chain wants to move in. NewRiver Retail plan to demolish the car park to make way for a new food store but have not given details of which supermarket chain wants to move in.
News2 days ago

360-space Horsefair Wisbech car park to be demolished to make way for new store

The multi-storey car park is attached to Horsefair Shopping Centre

Recycling facilities in March are set for a £4m upgrade, after Cambridgeshire County Council agreed for a replacement. Visual of the new household recycling centre Recycling facilities in March are set for a £4m upgrade, after Cambridgeshire County Council agreed for a replacement. Visual of the new household recycling centre
Cambridgeshire County Council3 days ago

Green light for £4m recycling centre at March despite 17 per cent hike in costs

Cambridgeshire has 9 household waste recycling centres

Protect Local Peterborough (PRP) is a campaign to oppose proposals for a Township in the middle of open countryside. Protect Local Peterborough (PRP) is a campaign to oppose proposals for a Township in the middle of open countryside.
Your Views3 days ago

OPINION: ‘Fastest growing city in the UK’ is not a vision for the people of Peterborough

Fighting to prevent mass suburban sprawl in and around Castor and Ailsworth

Kuda Madondo Allison Clarke Niall James and Keith Johnson (002) Kuda Madondo Allison Clarke Niall James and Keith Johnson (002)
News3 days ago

Stagecoach East reveal ‘crème de la crème’ for Bus Driver of the Year awards

The contestants came from across Stagecoach East

Paul Bristow awaiting result of the count in Peterborough. Photo: Terry Harris Paul Bristow awaiting result of the count in Peterborough. Photo: Terry Harris
Politics3 days ago

Ex MP Paul Bristow says Tories must win back young people who voted Reform

'I’m proud to have secured £125 million for the city'

Image of what The Press will look like when complete: it set to deliver over 100,000 sq ft of fitted lab and office space through repositioning of Cambridge’s former printing press. Image of what The Press will look like when complete: it set to deliver over 100,000 sq ft of fitted lab and office space through repositioning of Cambridge’s former printing press.
Business3 days ago

Foxton, Cambridge development ‘responds to persistent shortfall in fit-for-purpose lab and office space’

New 100,000 sq ft Foxton science and innovation campus