Watton schoolchildren warned to keep safe on building sites

Representatives from Barratt Homes Eastern Counties visited St Peter and St Pauls Carbrooke Primary

Representatives from Barratt Homes Eastern Counties visited St Peter and St Pauls Carbrooke Primary Academy to talk to children about safety at building sites. Picture: MATT READING - Credit: Archant

Children have been taught how to keep safe on building sites during a Norfolk school visit.

Representatives from Barratt Homes Eastern Counties visited St Peter and St Paul’s Carbrooke Primary Academy, which is near to the homebuilder’s Knights Park development in Watton, Norfolk.

They taught the pupils about keeping safe while living close to a building site as the summer holidays get under way.

Its message was that construction sites may look like fun and interesting places for young people to play, but that they pose serious dangers to their health and safety.

Hannah Wheeler, headteacher at St Peter and St Paul Carbrooke Academy, said: ”We know that our children are inquisitive and generally just want to have a look at what is happening.


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“The safety talk was vital to ensure the children understand the reasons for keeping out of the site, to ask questions and to listen about the possible dangers that unpermitted access could pose.

“We always look to promote safety with our children, both in and out of school – it is a high priority for us.”

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Tommy Luxton, site manager for Barratt Homes, Dave Martin, senior contracts manager and Scott Davies, health and safety manager, visited the school with the Barratt Homes mascot Safety Steve to give a presentation.

Jason Colmer, sales director at Barratt Homes Eastern Counties, said: “It is incredibly important to us that we teach children who live near our developments about the potential dangers of building sites, particularly as the school summer holidays are almost here.

“It’s important to get youngsters thinking about the dangers that exist to emphasise the message they should stay away from building sites.”

Knights Park, which is a five-minute walk away from the centre of Watton, will consist of 113 three and four bedroom homes, with prices starting from £171,995.

St Peter and St Paul Carbrooke Primary Academy is the catchment school for Knights Park.

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