Pupils learn about dangers on housing sites

Pupils have been learning about the dangers of playing on or near housing developments.

Friday, 19th July 2019, 12:07 pm
Updated Wednesday, 31st July 2019, 1:40 pm
Bob the Builder with pupils at Ellington Primary School.

Ascent Homes assisted with ‘on site’ safety for pupils at Ellington Primary School ahead of the summer holidays.

The Northumberland-based housebuilder was keen to visit the school and engage with students from all year groups due to the school’s proximity to its development, Wayside Point, in Ellington.

Following previous engagement with school staff, the developer decided to link up with the school and its pupils to hold a presentation on the importance of health and safety on building sites.

While at the school, Ascent Homes introduced ‘Bob the Builder’ to the children and they were given the opportunity to ask and answer questions on health and safety throughout the presentation, learn about personal protective equipment (PPE) and the tools that go into making a house.

Ascent Homes’ Claire Scott, Head of sales and marketing, said: “We fully understand the impact that construction can have on the surrounding neighbourhood and its important to us to be able to build up trust and an effective day to day relationship with our site neighbours.

“In this instance, we saw an opportunity to engage with the local community and to provide valuable educational experiences for the pupils of Ellington Primary School.

“The visit has gone extremely well, sparking a lot of excitement and enthusiasm amongst the children, even more so when Bob the Builder walked in!”

Kevin Vardy, Headteacher, said: “We were delighted to welcome Ascent Homes to our school to discuss the importance of health and safety on building sites.

“A lot of the children had questions and were curious about the building work taking place over the road from their school.

“We couldn’t think of a better way for them to learn about staying safe on a construction site.

“I would like to thank the Ascent Homes’ team for the positive contribution they have made to the school and our pupils.”

Ascent Homes is currently developing homes in Ellington and Ponteland.