Ivor and Honor accompany GPF Lewis on site tour!

October 2019

Pupils and teachers of Marish Primary School were given a guided tour of the new Special Educational Needs school site. The contractor GPF Lewis – Martin Fry (Construction Director) and his team led the tour where the children took part in a treasure hunt with Industry Mascots Ivor and Honor Goodsite and viewed their new classrooms and facilities.

The extension includes six classrooms, a sensory and therapy room, multipurpose hall, full serving kitchen and outdoor play areas. The project started on site in April and is due for completion in January 2020. This represents a £4m investment in the school as part of Slough Borough Council’s continuing investment in school buildings.

The children and teachers will also be taking part in an assembly on 6 November where a competition will be launched by GPF Lewis for the best poster reflecting on the children’s site visit, on the health and safety presentation they viewed. The winners will be announced and prizes awarded at a second assembly later in November.

Councillor Martin Carter, cabinet member for children and schools, said: “I am delighted the contractors of this school extension are involving the pupils every step of the way. This investment of £4m shows how committed we are to improving our schools and their facilities. There will be fantastic new classrooms and facilities for these pupils that will support and enhance their learning.”

Gill Denham, Headteacher at Marish School, said: “We are so excited about our new resource base extension which will be ready to use in January. As a school that includes pupils with complex needs, we cannot wait for these pupils, currently based in two portacabins to move into their rightful place at the heart of our community.

“This will benefit all pupils and staff, because transition and inclusion between mainstream and the resource based classes will in future become seamless. Thank you to everyone who has enabled our dream to become a reality.”

Stephanie Costa, Property Services – Project manager, Slough Borough Council, said: “The site visit and competition is a small part of our integrated approach, and is an excellent way of involving children and staff in understanding construction works, as well as informing and shaping the new school facilities. Everyone involved in delivering the project is enthusiastic and working collaboratively, so that the school receives new classrooms and buildings we can all be proud of.”

Useful resources

As part of your visit you may want to access or download resources to support you, including a school presentation or Child Protection Guidance template.

Costume hire

Industry mascots Ivor and Honor Goodsite can be hired to attend construction-related events to engage with children and encourage safety on site. Find out more about how you can hire the costume characters and promote a positive image of the industry.