A DEARNE Valley school has been granted five-star status by the country’s top gardening group.
Goldthorpe Primary received the Royal Horticultural Society’s stamp of approval for its outdoor learning efforts, becoming just the second school in South Yorkshire to have achieved this award.
Teacher Christopher Wharton said: “Our children have been working really hard to establish our school garden which has been really successful.
“We are producing vegetables and salads that feature in our homemade school dinners.
“We have shared our school garden with the local community by hosting community cooking events using the produce we have grown in school.
“We use our garden to develop enterprise skills in which children use produce to create bespoke jams and chutneys which will be sold at local fairs and markets.
“Our children have all invested in our school garden and it is great that all their hard work is recognised by expert organisations.”