Building blocks for pupils

Children and teachers from Wygate Park Academy, Spalding, on a tour of the town's Kingfisher Court development, with Andrew Smith (left), Caroline Major (third Left), Greg Wimsey (right) and Darren Harrison (back centre) of Kier Living.  Photo supplied.
Children and teachers from Wygate Park Academy, Spalding, on a tour of the town's Kingfisher Court development, with Andrew Smith (left), Caroline Major (third Left), Greg Wimsey (right) and Darren Harrison (back centre) of Kier Living. Photo supplied.
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A future generation of builders got their first taste of working life by visiting a Spalding housing development near their school.

Reception children and teachers from Wygate Park Academy spent a morning at the Kingfisher Court development as guests of construction firm Kier Living.

Wygate Park Academy pupils outside one of the homes at the Kingfisher Court development in Spalding.  Photo supplied.

Wygate Park Academy pupils outside one of the homes at the Kingfisher Court development in Spalding. Photo supplied.

The morning included a tour of the development, lessons on how how to stay safe on building sites and a demonstration of a forklift truck in action.

Annabel O’Connell, headteacher of Wygate Park Academy, said: “The whole trip was really well-planned and managed and the activities that were put on for the children were really engaging.

“It was fantastic for us as the boys really engaged with the building work and then had the opportunity to bring that back into the classroom.

“All the children had a fantastic time and have been talking about it a lot.”

The visit was part a “People Who Help Us” series at the school which has also seen visits by police and firefighters from Spalding.

About 40 children are registered at the school which opened in September and was built on land donated by Kier Homes.

Mrs O’Connell said: “We had an open day last week and were inundated with people coming to have a look round the school.

“It’s been absolutely brilliant and we’re all stil overwhelmed by how positive it’s been.”

Kier Living construction manager Rob Crossland said: “It was fantastic to welcome the children to Kingfisher Court and meet Wygate Park Academy’s first students.”