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Safety superhero joins schoolchildren at Highfield Priory to keep safe on building sites

July 2017

Schoolchildren at Lancashire’s top Independent Preparatory School (Sunday Times), Highfield Priory are being encouraged to put safety first with the help of our new safety on site video.

Assistant site manager Jason Carter and our friendly mascot Builder Bear visited the school to deliver a pilot of a new Health and Safety workshop for schools – A Safety Story.

The year one pupils, aged between five and six, were shown a video on site safety with messages illustrated by the developer’s mascot Builder Bear who acts as a safety superhero to spread to word to children about the importance of staying safe around building sites. The children also had the opportunity to dress up in personal protection equipment including a hard hat and high-visibility vest. Other activities for the pupils included identifying potential hazards and different types of construction equipment in a workbook to accompany the video.

Production director, Martin Leake, said: “As a five-star housebuilder, we know the importance of making children and young people aware of site safety. We have a responsibility to the communities in which we build to not only enhance the area but to minimise any disruption caused by our work – and this includes ensuring our neighbours are kept safe.

“With the summer holidays approaching it was timely to remind them of the potential dangers on a building site.

“We want to thank Highfield Priory School and the year one children for helping us to pilot our new workshop in Lancashire and look forward to rolling ‘A Safety Story’ out to other schools across our three key regions.”

Following the workshop, children will be invited to design a special health and safety poster that could be displayed on hoardings outside building sites to remind other children to stay safe.

Jeremy Duke, Headmaster at Highfield Priory School said, “The children have really engaged with the topic of building and safety on the building site. I now have a whole team of Year One Health and Safety experts to help me around school! We are very grateful to Story Homes and the very popular Builder Bear for delivering a vital safety message and a thoroughly enjoyable and informative visit.”

Story Homes opened three show homes at D’Urton Manor earlier this year and more than 10 families have now moved on to the development.

Highfield Priory School and Nursery is an independent, preparatory school providing education for boys and girls from the age of six months to 11 years. Based in Fulwood, Preston, the school is ranked the number one Independent Preparatory School in Lancashire (Sunday Times League Tables, Nov ‘16).

If your school is near to a Story Homes development and you would like to register for a workshop, contact by email: communications@storyhomes.co.uk