Animal Care Centre

Here at Sir Herbert Leon Academy we are very proud of our Animal Care centre. We currently offer BTEC Animal Care at Level 2, with plans to offer the Level 3 from September. For students keen to embark on a career working with animals, this course is life-changing.

Students learn to look after animals in a professional manner, ensuring that their health and wellbeing is prioritised at all times. Our dedicated facility is home to our two goats: Keith and Gary, our bearded dragon: Frankie, our corn snakes: Sebastian and Victor, our rabbits: Oscar, Freya, Basil and Bobby, our guinea pigs: Herbert, Meg, Esther, Lucy and Matilda and our ex-battery chicken rescue hens: Vera and Ethel.

Both staff and students involved in the Animal Care facility are keen to offer outreach work with the community. Watch this space for upcoming events.

Come and see us on our Open Day on Saturday 30th March 10am-2pm

Entry is free but please bring along some cash to spend on our attractions, merchandise and animals.


In addition to working with, and caring for, our own animals, SHL works closely with other animal charities and organisations to provide a wider understanding for our pupils. One of these is Curly Tails, the local pig sanctuary, which does excellent education work.