Hard hats at the ready for Ridgeway pupils on site visit

Ridgeway School pupils visit Bedford Meadows
Ridgeway School pupils visit Bedford Meadows

Pupils at Ridgeway School in Kempston have had a lesson in staying safe during a visit to a nearby housing development.

Four pupils, aged between 16 and 19, along with three members of school staff took part in a brief educational tour around Bedford Meadows site and they also got an insight into the house building process.

Graham Allard, head teacher at Ridgeway School, said: “The children enjoyed their tour and talk and it was a very valuable learning experience, especially as they were given the chance to see a working building site first-hand.

“I’d like to thank David Wilson Homes South Midlands for inviting us, and I hope the children will remember what they have learned and stay away from building sites.”

The children were given hard hats and high-vis waist coats to wear to ensure their safety while onsite, and were monitored at all times by Bedford Meadows’ site manager Gary Du Pille.

Chris Hatfield, managing director of David Wilson Homes South Midlands, said; “A lot of our developments are located near schools, as we are very family orientated, so we regularly carry out site safety visits such as these because the safety of children living nearby is of utmost importance to us.

“Children might see a building site as a fun and exciting playground, but that is certainly not the case. These visits are a good way to teach them all about the dangers of playing on building sites, whilst promoting the importance of staying safe at all times – particularly over the school holidays.”

Pupils and staff from Ridgeway School are pictured with Anthony Richardson, marketing manager, left, and Gary Du Pille, site manager, right.