The new students are raring to go on the new animal course at Gateshead's Bill Quay Farm

Animal Care Courses Get Underway At Bill Quay Farm

Sun, 2002-06-30 01:00

The new students are raring to go on the new animal course at Gateshead's Bill Quay Farm

East Durham College’s new animal care course run at Gateshead’s Bill Quay Farm got underway yesterday with 14 excited students signed up to take part in the qualification.

The College entered a partnership with the community farm during the summer to help bring land based courses from their highly respected Houghall Campus, in Durham, to a wider audience.

Initially starting with the Level 2 Animal Care Diploma, the College hopes to expand their offering at Bill Quay Farm to bring a wider choice of land based provision to the Newcastle and Gateshead area.

And the first intake of full time students can’t wait to get started on the new course.

Brooke Cockburn, 18, from Whitley Bay said: “Today has been fantastic; I’ve really enjoyed coming along and meeting the other students starting on the course.

“It’s something totally different for the area and a course I wouldn’t have been able to study unless I travelled all the way to the Houghall Campus in Durham every day.

“It’s really an exciting opportunity and I am looking forward to start working towards my diploma.”

Animal care course leader Ian Hall is really excited about the project and believes that this is a brilliant opportunity for the farm, students and the area.

Ian said: “It has been a special day both for Bill Quay Farm and for the new students.

“This is a great partnership and it can bring the area a new style of education that it currently doesn’t have.

“The students are all enthusiastic and raring to go on the course here at the farm.”

Bill Quay Farm transition manager Craig Bankhead believes this is a new direction for Bill Quay Farm and is looking forward to having the students around the site.

Craig said: “I thought today went extremely well. I’m feeling really positive about the course and it will be great to have the students working with the animals up here at the farm.

“This is a great day for the future of Bill Quay Farm.”