Laurus Ryecroft has won the acclaimed title “Food, Farming and Natural Environment School of the Year”. This award was given by LEAF Education, an organisation that works with schools to inspire young people about food, farming and the countryside.
For the competition, pupils debated the motion Farming can become carbon neutral in the future. In front of a panel of judges, students delivered an evidence-based response factoring in the scale of challenges facing the agriculture industry. Laurus Ryecroft beat four other schools on the award shortlist.
Located in Tameside, Greater Manchester, Laurus Ryecroft is a secondary free schools that opened in 2018. It is one of four free schools supported by the Laurus Trust.
Carl Edwards, LEAF Education Director of Education and Public Engagement, explained what made Laurus Ryecroft stand out from the field: “Each school was more than worthy of their place in the final, but it was the group of students from Laurus Ryecroft in Manchester that stood out the most. Having had zero experience on a farm before, the judges were blown away by how quickly and competently these three young adults understood what our industry is doing to tackle the climate crisis. Congratulations to everyone, not just the winning school but to all those who took part!”
Martin Vevers, Head of School at Laurus Ryecroft, said: "Being involved with this competition has provided our students with opportunities they would not normally experience. To meet with inspirational speakers and to learn about sustainability in an academic and practical way is invaluable for them and us."
Congratulations Laurus Ryecroft!