Students from East Durham College courses at Gateshead's Bill Quay Farm

One Year Anniversary For Link With Community Farm

East Durham College and Gateshead’s Bill Quay Community Farm are celebrating one year since launching animal care courses at the site.

It was just over a year since Bill Quay Community Farm Association took over the running of the site from Gateshead Council and not long after that the College began its partnership.

The College and Bill Quay Farm wanted to bring courses from its Houghall campus in Durham to a new audience that may have found it difficult to get to the Durham based college.

Starting with the Level 2 Animal Care diploma last July, college staff went on to extend its course offering at the farm to offer entry level courses in January this year.

And after a highly successful first year which saw 100% achievement rates for students, the courses at the farm continue to go from strength to strength.

Higher level courses have been added to run alongside the already running courses and places are starting to fill up already.

Assistant Programme Leader for Animal Studies at East Durham College, Ian Hall, is happy to see the colleges programme at Bill Quay Farm continue to grow and believes bringing these courses to Gateshead has been a huge success.

Ian said: "It's been a great first year for us up here at Bill Quay Farm.

“We have had some truly amazing results from this year and everyone is keen to get on and continue their studies in September.

“And to add even more courses with a new intake of students is truly fantastic, we can only hope they come in with the same attitude as this year’s intake and continue to help us go from strength to strength at Bill Quay Farm.”