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Tom's Trust Supports

Image courtesy of Tom's Farm

Courtesy of Nightingale Farm



Nightingale School in Tooting is a Secondary School for pupils with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (EBD) School, run by Wandsworth Borough Council Education Department. Staff at Nightingale School are skilled in dealing with students who have severe learning difficulties and excluded students with multiple difficulties.

The former Principal, Dr.J.Clark, had the idea to create a Farm on some wasteland within the school grounds, and approached Tom's Trust for additional financial support, which the Trust was happy to give. The farm was opened on 27th November 2009 and named "Tom's Farm" in memory of Tom ap Rhys Pryce. Animals currently looked after include pigs, sheep, alpacas, rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, ducks, hens and an aviary.Billy the sheepdog is also a great favourite with the children.

Image courtesy of Tom's Farm

Courtesy of Nightingale Farm

It is a fact that being with animals has a calming effect on children, particularly those with emotional problems. Animals are non-threatening and can sense what a child is feeling. By caring for these animals and looking after their needs, the pupils at Nightingale School will develop their sense of social responsibility and their empathy for other living things. In addition they will be able to take BTEC courses in Animal Husbandry and Farm Management in a purpose built classroom at the Farm. This will give them an opportunity to aim for a career in this field, should they wish to do so.