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Safari park’s students are top of the class

Kidderminster Academy students attending West Midland Safari Park’s Animal Courses have had a great start to the year, with some excellent exam results and by exceeding the national pass rate.

The Park’s Education team currently run three accredited courses, from levels one to three, in their Safari Academy – a state-of-the-art, purpose-built education centre, which opened in May 2017.
Students managed to exceed the national level for a ‘pass’, achieving a high number of merits and distinctions for the Level 2 Technical Certificate in Animal Care, Level 3 Advanced Technical in Animal Management and Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Animal Management.

Education Manager, Nicola Anslow, said, “We are delighted with the excellent results achieved by all of our Animal Care and Animal Management students this year. It is a testament to the dedication of the Park’s Education team and the hard work put in by our students.

“To have results that are above the national average for both year groups in level 3, and to have obtained our best ever results for level 2 in the same year, is fantastic. We are very proud that we are able to go some way to inspiring the next level of conservationists.”

The courses are planned annually by Course Co-ordinator Ali Burton. She said, “We are so proud of the young adults that our students are becoming. We hope that many of them will go on to make valuable contributions in the industry or pursue their goals of moving on to university.”

Following the results, the students will now decide to either continue their education at the Safari Park and advance to the next level, or leave the Safari Academy to go to university or find a work alternative.

Students study at the Park from one to four years dependent upon the course. The courses are run in partnership with Kidderminster Academy, part of BMet who complete the programme of study with extra English, maths, digital skills and pastoral care.


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