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Health and safety lesson for Ditton Lodge pupils

Health and safety lesson for Ditton Lodge pupils

Pupils at Ditton Lodge Community First School in Newmarket donned goggles, hard hats and hi-visibility jackets as they learned all about staying safe around building sites at a health and safety presentation by Morgan Sindall.

The company, which is currently carrying out a £2.7 million scheme to refurbish and extend the school in St John’s Avenue, Newmarket, sent along lead safety, health and environmental advisor Dave Bickel to talk to pupils and help them understand the dangers that a construction site can present. With much of Morgan Sindall’s work taking place during term time, Dave reminded pupils how important it is that they stay safe and keep away from the construction activity.

“Allowing the children to try on some of the health and safety equipment is a fun way of getting across an extremely serious message,” explains Dave Bickel. “It’s vital that we hold events like these to reinforce the fact that although construction sites might look like a fantastic place to go and have an adventure, they are potentially extremely dangerous places. They are definitely not playgrounds.”

“We are so excited about our school expansion,” says Angela Finn, headteacher at Ditton Lodge Community First School. “The opportunities for learning as our building works develop are enhanced by the close liaison the school has with the contractors. Children are discovering so much by watching the processes and equipment as the school grows. The completed building will enable us to deliver outstanding and innovative provision in a stimulating learning environment.”

Morgan Sindall is carrying out the refurbishment and extension of Ditton Lodge Community First School as part of a framework agreement with Cambridgeshire County Council. Morgan Sindall is one of seven firms chosen to deliver construction projects under the seven-year education building programme which is worth more than £200 million.

Morgan Sindall is due to complete work at Ditton Lodge Community First School in Spring 2011.