Campaign to save school farm

PARENTS AND students at the Astor of Hever School in Maidstone, Kent are campaigning to save the school farm from closure, the BBC reports.

School governors want to close the school farm in order to raise £2m for a new hall and classrooms.

A petition has been organised and a public meeting is being held on Monday (October 4).

“There is strong feeling about it,” said Maidstone councillor David Naghi to the BBC, arguing that closing the farm was all about money.

The school offers a GCSE in rural science and a BTEC in animal management.

“We understand the school‘s need for money but our concern is that they will close down the agricultural courses,” said Philippa Stedman-Colins, Kent officer for the Federation of Young Farmers Clubs.

Headteacher Martin Carroll told the BBC the school wanted to sell one third of the farmland but would be willing to discuss the possibility of continuing running the farm on a smaller scale.

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