A day in the life of Pennyhooks might include:

Animal Care & Conservation

  • • Feeding the cattle & putting fresh straw in the yards
  • • Being responsible for the care of the donkeys, goats, hens and pigs
  • • Helping to collect and process the organic eggs in preparation for sale
  • • Incubating, hatching & rearing chicks
  • • Laying woodchip on our woodland paths
  • • Moving logs from the pollarded willows
  • • Planting trees
  • • Caring for the flower meadows

Woodwork and Rural Craft

  • • We have a specialist woodwork teacher who teaches the students so that they can create high quality products such as garden benches, which are for sale in our shop and at Open Days.
  • • The students have a choice of rural crafts such as willow & wool weaving , stencilling, leaf printing, card making, pressing flowers to make coasters to make products for sale.

Cooking and Gardening

  • • Baking cakes for sharing together & for sale at our coffee mornings
  • • Tending plants in the greenhouse to sell at our Plant Sale
  • • Growing & eating our own fruit & vegetables

Social skills and Accredited Course

  • • Social mealtimes, team-work, taking turns & being kind to others in our work
  • • Students take part in the OCN accredited Countryside Skills Course Work. In their own time (usually one module per year), they work through the five modules in Animal Care, Growing & Planting, Staying Safe, Learning to Work, Progressing Through Tasks