Firefighters pay a visit to Wygate Park Academy

A youngster from Wygate Academy in a fire engine. ANL-141017-151609001
A youngster from Wygate Academy in a fire engine. ANL-141017-151609001
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Children from Wygate Park Academy, Spalding’s brand new primary school in the heart of the Wygate Park area of the town, were treated to a visit from Spalding Fire Brigade last week.

As part of the school’s ‘people who help us’ topic, the children in the Oak and Willow Classes enjoyed a visit from the firefighters in the town.

The school, which is built on 2.5 acres of land donated by Kier Homes and saw 40 pupils join the academy from around the area, all of reception class age, started the week by running through their fire procedures in the school.

Annabel O’Connell, head of the school, said: “We listened to the alarm at various different points within the school and then talked about what we should do when we hear it.

“Throughout the day, the alarm was set off in order for us all to practice the procedures in different scenarios.”

The firefighters arrived at the school and showed the children a fire safety video and then talked to the pupils about how to keep themselves safe at home in the event of a fire and what to include in a fire safety plan.

Youngsters then had the opportunity to have a close up look at the firefighters’ uniforms and equipment before heading into the playground to have a good look at the fire engine, which they were then given the chance to sit in.

Annabel said: “The children found the flashing blue lights and the sirens very exciting.”

Wygate Park Academy, which opened its doors to the first ever pupils in September, is providing much needed additional primary school places in South Holland, and will continue with an intake of 30 reception students from next year onwards.

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