'Great Oak Trees from Little Acorns Grow’
Horticulture started at Ravenshall with the odd ‘Environmental’ lesson, weeding and planting in the old ‘quad’ area. With the new facilities given to us during reorganisation we have been able to take things further.
We now have Horticulture on the Vocational Studies programme of work. This gives pupils a certified course of study in which we cover Biology, in the knowledge of plant types and practical skills, including recognition and use of tools as well as weeding and planting. The greenhouse is usually overflowing from Spring to Summer with various projects on the go!
In March 2009, we learnt that we had won a competition working in conjunction with Carr Gate Garden Centre. This means that we were invited to work with staff at the Garden Centre on two raised beds made and prepared for us for vegetable growing. In 2011, we were selected for a national gardening project organised by the Royal Horticultural Society and recognised for our ongoing provision and facilities.
In 2017 our allotment has been extended with the appointment of Mr Parkinson as part time gardening guru! He has re-claimed some of the wasteland and developed an orchard area and significantly extended the facility which results in our young people planting, nurturing and harvesting even more produce, which they either sell to eager staff or cook and eat in our food technology room.
Ravenshall pupils know that potatoes do not come from Tesco's but from holes in the ground! We believe this gives them a firm grounding (!) in using fresh, home grown produce which will equip them for adult life.