A Chesham school welcomed special classmates as three little pigs moved in from a local mini pig farm.

The miniature pigs from Kew Little Pigs found a new home at a specially built pig pen at Waterside Primary Academy in May, where pupils are enjoying feeding and looking after the new four-legged friends as part of a parent and teacher funded piggy project.

To celebrate Mr Sock's birthday, the school's Pig Club made him a melon, strawberry and blueberry birthday cake.

His friends, two females are yet to be named, and are the subject of a hotly contested competition.

Olivia Goddard, year four class teacher at the school and project lead, said: "This has been one of the most amazing things we have done, not only has it helped the children teaching them responsibility and nurturing, but it also very good with the well-being side too.

"It was wonderful how instantly the children naturally warmed to the pigs, when they go into the pig pen their whole demeanor changes.

"I am also very impressed that they have not been at all squeamish about picking up the pig poo too!

"The pigs themselves are extremely tame, and when you stoke their bellies they just lie there and smile and close their eyes."

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And before the pigs arrived, a team effort by teachers ensured that the school had everything that it needed to welcome them with open arms.

"We are really lucky at Waterside because everyone that works here has the same ethos, wanting to push the school for the benefit of the children.

"So all of the staff gave up their bank holiday Monday to did up the pig pen area, paint the fence and build the pigs a little house." Enthused Olivia.

Three teachers also took part in a pig keeping course, run by Olivia Mikhail, owner of ethical micro pig breeder Kew Little Pigs.

Bucks Free Press: Year five pupils were nominated as Pig Rangers, who clean and feed the pigs before the school day (Credit: Animal News Agency)before Year five pupils were nominated as Pig Rangers, who clean and feed the pigs before the school day (Credit: Animal News Agency)before

The Amersham Kew Little Pigs farm also welcomed teachers and pupils to come and choose which pigs would come to the school, on a day that none of them  will ever forget.

Teacher Olivia added: "Kew Little Pigs has been absolutely brilliant with constant support and advice, I would really recommend this to another school, it has been wonderful and we have felt guided every step of the way."

Olivia, who founded Kew Little Pigs in 2009, said: "It is fabulous when schools adopt our pigs because it ensures that the next generation is learning how wonderful these animals are.

"Many people don't think of a pig as a pet, but what the children are learning every day at Pig Club is that these animals are intelligent, loving and inquisitive just like a dog." 

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