Ivor Goodsite visit helps Bournemouth pupils stay safe



Ivor Goodsite paid a special visit to Winton Primary School in Bournemouth this week to help pupils learn about staying safe around construction sites. Local construction firm Stepnell is building a new £1.7m extension - due for completion in September – at the school.

Poole-based Stepnell organised the visit by the Considerate Constructors Scheme mascot who talked to pupils about the rules of site safety and the dangers posed when they are not followed correctly. The presentation – which reinforced the safety message that building sites must not be used as playgrounds - was followed by a sequence of supervised walks through the site. The tours enabled the children to see the progress being made on the new school building and put what they had learned about site safety into practice. Ivor was on hand to answer any questions at the end of the session.

Stepnell is working on the expansion of the school from a three-form into a four-form entry primary school which will eventually accommodate up to 840 children. The new 800 sq m extension will provide a small hall, drama studio, music room, four classrooms, an office and supporting accommodation including cloakrooms. The school’s car park and drop-off facilities are also being improved.

Stepnell contracts manager Trevor Middleton, says: “Stepnell is always keen to promote site safety and construction training to young people at the earliest possible opportunity, particularly when they are in close proximity to a live building site. Ivor Goodsite visits are a fun and stimulating way to communicate the dangers of playing on construction sites and to also get children interested and thinking about a possible future career in the construction industry.”

Neil Tarchetti, head teacher at Winton Primary School comments: “This is a great way to let children learn more about construction, particularly safety around construction sites.  We also hope that it will give them an understanding of the industry and allow them to develop career aspirations for their futures.”

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