Summer term to remember for Swindon school pupils

By Barrie Hudson - 16 June 2022

  • Site manager Jason Garnham with six-year-olds Callie and Gary

    Site manager Jason Garnham with six-year-olds Callie and Gary

Shaw Ridge Primary School pupils have been presented with a collection of 'We Can Build' books by David Wilson Homes’ site manager Jason Garnham.

  • Jason Garnham with six-year-old Callie

    Jason Garnham with six-year-old Callie

The school is close to Orchards Rise, where 190 new David Wilson homes are being built along with 182 new Barratt Homes properties at Wichel Fields.

Sally Cowell, headteacher at Shaw Ridge Primary School, said: “Our pupils will love reading ‘We Can Build’ which I’m sure will open their eyes to the number of jobs there are in the housebuilding and construction industry.” 

Louise Ware, sales director at Barratt David Wilson Homes South West, said: “Designed to be both informative and fun, ‘We Can Build’ educates five to seven-year-olds about the built environment and shows them how rewarding it can be to work in the sector. 

"Illustrating real professions with fun characters will hopefully bring to life just how rewarding a career in housebuilding can be. It was a pleasure to make this donation and we hope we’ve inspired the next generation of architects, quantity surveyors and site managers.”

Barratt Developments’ ASPIRE graduates wrote ‘We Can Build’ as part of the Prince’s Trust Million Makers challenge, and all money raised from the proceeds of the book will go to the Prince’s Trust charity. 

The entrepreneurial challenge sees teams of employees from organisations across the UK competing to raise as much as possible from an initial seed funding investment. 

The Prince’s Trust believes that every young person should have the chance to embrace exciting opportunities. It helps people aged 11-30 find the tools and confidence to take on courses and start careers.

The new community at Wichelstowe will cover 600 acres on the southern edge of Swindon. In addition to 208 new homes already delivered at Canalside @ Wichelstowe, the 250-acre site also includes Waitrose, the Hall & Woodhouse bar and restaurant and community facilities.  

Once the development is complete, there will be 200 acres of open space, 12km of new footways and cycleways, 1.5 acres of allotments and 20 acres of play areas and sports pitches.  

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