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The Nelson Pygmy Goats

The arrival of our first three pygmy goats on a cold April day in 2023 marked the beginning of a Heart-warming journey for our school. These three goats have not only become cherished members of the school community, but they also play a role in teaching us all valuable life lessons about compassion, responsibility, and the wonders of nature.


The children played a vital role in welcoming the pygmy goats. Weeks before their arrival, they enthusiastically engaged in discussions and debates to select their perfect names , and Miss Forrest was entrusted with the important task of revealing the chosen names.

Miss Forrest finally disclosed the names of our three goats. They were to be known as Poppy, Jude, and Lionel. Each name has its own unique significance.

Poppy, a name as lovely as a flower in bloom, was chosen because it reflected her sweet and gentle nature.  Jude and Lionel, on the other hand, were named as a tribute to two legendary figures in the world of sports: Lionel Messi and Jude Bellingham, famous footballers. These athletes are admired widely by many of our pupils for their dedication and skill. 

As the days and months have passed since their arrival, Poppy, Jude, and Lionel's playful antics and gentle nature created a deep bond between them and all of us. 

However, our hearts were heavy in January 2024 when Jude passed away. To commemorate his short but happy life here with us, we have planted a memorial rose bush in the allotment to remember him. Though irreplaceable, we've welcomed four new members to keep Poppy and Lionel company and continue the heartwarming journey we began together.


New Additions to the Herd

  • Homily & Arietty: These mother-daughter goats are a beautiful shade of brown and black. Both goats are named after  characters in the classic book "The Borrowers," Arietty is quite mischievous and some even say she resembles a little calf! Both have sweet natures and are sure to win your hearts.


Lottie & Dottie: Our newest arrivals in March 2024 are two timid sisters with lovely white coats splashed with black and brown smudges and spots. They're still getting used to their big family but are enjoying exploring their new home.

Our Original Dynamic Duo:

  • Poppy: Our resident grand matriarch, Poppy, remains the picture of gentle sweetness. Don't be fooled though, she's perfectly capable of putting Lionel in his place when he gets a bit too boisterous!

  • Lionel: The lone boy in the herd, Lionel brings playful energy to the group.

Stay Connected:

  • Watch their antics on our school's YouTube channel.
  • See photos of our furry friends. ([These can be linked to existing photo pages on your website])
  • Learn more about their heartwarming story in our "Nelson Goat Stories" section. 
  • Their stories and adventures have been shared with the world through a dedicated TikTok page (which they set up, of course !)  And have even featured on the school's YouTube channel. These charming goats have fast become something of local celebrities here in Ladywood, bringing smiles to faces far beyond the school's walls.  

We hope you enjoyed this update!

Video : June 2023