School visit for St Cuthbert’s Primary

St. Cuthbert’s Primary School, in Parkfield, Stockton

5th October 2012

Ivor Goodsite went to promote safety on and around building sites at St. Cuthbert’s Primary School, in Parkfield, Stockton.

Ivor was accompanied by members of the team from Partner Construction, who spoke to more than 180 four to eleven year olds about the different types of hazards they may face on a building site.

Ivor Goodsite and the pupils donned hard hats and hi visibility vests and other protective equipment and were given an interactive session during the school’s assembly, where they discussed the potential dangers inside the construction site adjacent to the school.

The development on Parkfield Road of 19 affordable homes, of which Partner Construction are the preferred partnering contractor with Vela Group, is a short walk from the school.

Ivor then took part in a Q&A session where the Partner team helped him reply to questions raised by the pupils and staff. Terry Harrison, Construction Director at Partner, also spent some time discussing Ivors skills, knowledge and experience so the children could get to know him better.

Terry said: “Our work with Ivor Goodsite and the Considerate Constructors Scheme forms a very important part of our community engagement strategy. The safety of all who may be affected by the construction work we undertake is paramount.

“Children of this age are very receptive and keen to learn, which makes the visits a real pleasure.”

Mrs. J. Douglass, Head Teacher at St. Cuthbert’s Primary School comments: “The lessons the children have learned from Ivor will benefit them both now and in later life.

“It is important that they get a good grounding in health and safety within a variety of different contexts.

“This makes it easier for them to handle new situations and makes them aware of danger.”


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.