School Sheep Go Global

When the Royal Alexandra and Albert School posted a story on its website in February, it had no idea that it was of international interest. Yet, the story which was about sheep grazing the parkland at the School as part of the Countryside and Environment course, was picked up by a magazine editor in the USA. Alan Harman, Writer for ‘Sheep!’ magazine thought the story would be of interest to his readership of independent flockmasters in the USA.

So the story that the UK national press overlooked, now has national coverage in the USA. Flockmasters will read about how the Royal Alexandra and Albert School, a state boarding school in Surrey, keeps sheep as a learning resource for pupils. The sheep, together with other livestock (including chickens, horses, goats and bees), are tended by pupils and their teacher Bob Greenhalgh.

Headmaster of the Royal Alexandra and Albert School, Paul D Spencer Ellis comments “It’s fair to say that we don’t get many press enquiries from the USA so when Alan emailed me earlier this year, I was quite surprised. He wanted to know more about the role sheep play in the land-based courses we run at this school as he felt that his readership would be interested in what we offer here. The May/June edition of Sheep! magazine includes a two page feature about this school and it sits alongside other features which cover subjects such as dealing with rattlesnakes and controlling sheep parasites. I hope the independent flockmasters in the USA enjoy reading about how we farm sheep here.”

The article is on the website

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