Bromsgrove kids visit construction site

Children from Bromsgrove School swapped classroom for construction site during an event organised by construction company Stepnell

The site team took the 53 five-year-olds, all pupils at Bromsgrove’s Pre-Preparatory School, on a tour of the £3 million residential accommodation development which the company is creating for sixth-formers at the leading independent day and boarding school in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire.

The event was organised through Stepnell’s membership of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, a national initiative which encourages best practice in the construction industry. During the day, the Bromsgrove School pupils met the Scheme’s mascot, Ivor Goodsite and were given a talk about safety and the importance of never playing on building sites by Stepnell site manager Mark Darler.

Children also took part in a safety-themed competition painting pictures which will go on show on hoardings around the Bromsgrove School construction project.

Site manager Mark Darler said: “The children were very interested in the new development and loved meeting Ivor Goodsite. It’s important that children and young people understand that they should never go unsupervised on to construction sites. The fun day was a good way to communicate that message and also enabled us to help the children learn more about our industry. The pictures designed by pupils for the painting competition will be made into safety signs for display on our site hoardings.”

Bromsgrove School Reception Class teacher Clare Dunlop said: “Stepnell made the visit fun and informative for our youngest pupils; they understood the safety messages and really enjoyed wearing the hi-vis vests.”

The new sixth-form residential accommodation which Stepnell is building at Bromsgrove School is due to be completed by the end of August 2014.

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