East Northants pupils get to see new school being built

Corby-based construction company Jeakins Weir hosted 150 children from Kings Cliffe Endowed Primary School

Corby-based construction company Jeakins Weir hosted 150 children from Kings Cliffe Endowed Primary School

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Children got to see their new school being built during a special site visit.

Corby construction company Jeakins Weir invited 150 children from King’s Cliffe Endowed Primary School, near Oundle, to a behind-the-scenes site visit to teach them about construction and general site safety.

Jeakins Weir recently won a £4.3m contract with Northamptonshire County Council to build a new single-form entry school in King’s Cliffe.

It is expected to complete the work by December 2016.

County council cabinet member for learning, skills and education Cllr Matthew Golby said: “The new primary school in King’s Cliffe will be a modern, fit-for-purpose learning space, boasting seven classrooms, a main hall for sport and drama, a kitchen serving hot meals, a playground and playing field for outdoor learning and play, and an early years facility.

“We are working closely with the school, the governing body and the trustees on this project, which will ensure local children receive the very best education in this fantastic new facility.”

The 150 pupils visited the building site on Tuesday, April 12 in groups of 30 children at a time.

They were kitted out with high-visibility waistcoats and hard hats.

They also had the chance to meet ‘Ivor Goodsite’ – the Considerate Constructors Scheme official mascot – who also visited the site and appeared in full costume.

The special school visit has been organised by Piers Benham, Jeakins Weir’s trainee site manager, and James Banaszak, contracts manager, along with King’s Cliffe Endowed Primary School head teacher Lynda Bowyer.

Mr Banaszak said: “We are really pleased to be opening up the King’s Cliffe site to the children today.

“We will be showing our 150 visitors the early stages of the building project and also discuss the vitally important topic of site safety.

“The children can ask lots of questions and we are also planning a quiz so they can have the opportunity to win prizes donated by Jeakins Weir.”