St Stephens CE Primary School

St Stephens CE Primary School, London

15th October 2014

Ivor Goodsite received a rapturous welcome recently during a visit to St Stephens CE primary school. 6 Volunteers, from the Costain’s Paddington New Yard project, went along with Ivor to give two 1 hour lessons about the dangers of construction sites and road safety, plus two 1 hour lessons on an introduction to civil engineering. The school which is based in the Westbourne Park area is within walking distance of the Paddington New Yard site, with many of the pupils living nearby.

The visit formed part of the Crossrail Safety Step Up week and got the key stage 1 children involved in wearing and understanding what PPE is for. The children gave some really good examples of how dangerous playing on construction machinery or with tools at home could be, followed by vehicle and road safety awareness around the school and site area.

Meanwhile the key stage 2 children were treated to designing and building bridges. The children were challenged to design and build their own bridge using a variety of materials. When asked what they’d like to be when they left school or college, a large number of the children said that they wanted to be a doctor and had no idea what a civil engineer was. By the end of the lessons, when asked again what career path they would like to pursue, civil engineering was top of the poll!

Beata Konieczny, Special Educational Needs Coordinator, at the school said “a huge ‘thank you’ to all the lovely people who came to our school today! The children enjoyed themselves a lot and the teachers were equally impressed.”


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.