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Raising the baaaa: How sheep stopped class closures at a French primary school

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Classmates: A French school has had one of its classes saved from closure with the enrolment of 15 sheep. Photo: Getty
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Sheep have become the unlikely heroes in the tale of a French primary school, which was at risk of ditching classes due to dwindling enrolment numbers.

The primary school at Jules-Ferry in Crets en Belledonne, a town near the French Alps that boasts a population of less than 4000, was at risk of losing one of its classes when enrolment numbers dropped from 266 to 261, The Independent reported.

Enter town farmer Michel Girerd and his mob.

Mr Girerd – assisted by his sheep dog – brought 50 of his sheep to the school, where 15 of the lucky lambs were officially enrolled to the school.

They even had birth certificates.

The school community gathered as the sheep officially became students.

One of the parents behind the idea told a French newspaper: “National education is unfortunately only numbers.

“And so now, with this surge in numbers, we are good.

“We can go see the director of academy to assert our rights and save our class.”

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