‘Noah’s Ark’ of schools sees tortoise join chickens, a dog, ducklings and a rabbit

Children at Tickenham Church of England Primary School in North Somerset have welcomed Donna, the 6-year-old Tortoise, into the school.

The Tortoise is one of many pets Tickenham Primary School has – Gatsby, who is mini dachshund, has been at the school for almost two years.

The school has become one of the best in Britain after a series of great reports and test results.

Tristan Merriam, Headteacher at Tickenham, said: “People are joking about us becoming a Noah’s Ark! It is wonderful having so many pets on site. It is great for children’s holistic education. It teaches them so much and provides a great focus at breaktimes.”