Ducklings are a hit with youngsters at Thetford Grammar School

Thetford Grammar School pupils with the ducklings. From left to right: Max, 5; Harriet, 11; Oscar, 1

Thetford Grammar School pupils with the ducklings. From left to right: Max, 5; Harriet, 11; Oscar, 11; Harrison, 11; Gabriel, 8 and 11--year-old Jasmine. Picture: Rebecca Murphy - Credit: Archant

The sounds of quacking are not what you'd expect to be heard coming from a classroom but Thetford Grammar School has become the temporary home for a number of adorable ducklings.

Some of the young ducklings who are on a temporary educational visit to Thetford Grammar School. Pic

Some of the young ducklings who are on a temporary educational visit to Thetford Grammar School. Picture: Rebecca Murphy - Credit: Archant

While initially being used to help the reception class learn about life cycles, the whole school - including sixth form students and teachers - have fell in love with their fluffy visitors.

The incubator with eggs donated by Sam Mulgrew from her smallholding TAS Animal Care and Poultry Se

The incubator with eggs donated by Sam Mulgrew from her smallholding TAS Animal Care and Poultry Services, at the grammar school. Inside are a number of eggs and recently hatched chicks. Picture: Rebecca Murphy - Credit: Archant


You may also want to watch:


The ducklings, which range from five days old to under 24 hours, have all been named by the pupils.

Three more are due to hatch in an incubator overnight and there are six more duck eggs and a goose egg which the youngsters are eagerly waiting to see hatch.

Most Read

Nicki Peace, head of the pre-prep and preparatory school, said: 'We did it a few years ago with chicks and we saw how much it brought the school together.

'We have had all ages come in the classroom, from three to 18-year-olds and their parents. Everyone is sharing in the experience.

Some of the young ducklings who are on a temporary educational visit to Thetford Grammar School. Pic

Some of the young ducklings who are on a temporary educational visit to Thetford Grammar School. Picture: Rebecca Murphy - Credit: Archant

'It is nice to see the older pupils with the younger ones and helping them out.

'The pupils have been able to observe everything.'

The ducks have been donated to the school by Sam Mulgrew from her smallholding called TAS Animal Care and Poultry Services in Eye.

The breeds include Aylesbury, Khaki Campbell and Swedish Blue

Five-year-old Max said his favourite duckling is Mildred.

He was able to witness one of the ducklings hatch and named her Kitty.

He said: 'Mildred is funny. She stands in the food and she tips it over. She feels warm and soft.'

The ducklings will return home on Thursday, April 27 but pupils are able to buy them in pairs to take home.

'The sixth form want to buy two,' said Mrs Pearce. 'If they want to buy them they have to a paddling pool for them which they will have at the back of their common room.'

She added: 'It has been so lovely and it has brought people together.'

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter