School launches its fishy business

Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, David Moody, officially visited Swinton Community School to open the Aquaponics Centre. Pupils Reece Ball (13) (left) and Jonathan Fearn (13) show him the converted buses that have become classrooms. Picture: Malcolm Billingham S0112MB
Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, David Moody, officially visited Swinton Community School to open the Aquaponics Centre. Pupils Reece Ball (13) (left) and Jonathan Fearn (13) show him the converted buses that have become classrooms. Picture: Malcolm Billingham S0112MB

SWINTON students have plunged in to a whole new world of learning thanks to an amazing new aquaponics centre.

The centre, based in the heart of Swinton Community School, was officially opened last week by students and the Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, David Moody.

It is the first of its kind at Rotherham and will provide opportunities for pupils from many local schools to learn about fish and horticulture.

The new development incorporates an IT suite classroom, a breeding centre for koi carp and a plant growing area.

Headteacher David Pridding said: “This is a great new development and adds to the fantastic breadth of learning we can offer”.

The centre has already used recycling to create an unusual classroom. Two buses were positioned by cranes, and now form the IT suite, housing tanks where fish and plants will grow.

Funding for the project has come from external grants and sponsorship from Evolution Aqua and Kitsu Koi.

Mr Pridding added: “This work will be self funding and run as a separate business, raising money through sponsorship and sales of fish and plants that are nurtured here.”

Level one fish husbandry courses will run for groups of students who are eager to learn more about the industry. Sixth Form student Daniel Roberts accompanied the Lord Lieutenant in his role as Lord Lieutenant Cadet, which he was appointed to recently.