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School pupils give bricklaying a go at McCarthy Stone sites

Children don hard hats to learn about building and sustainability at our construction sites in Stratford-Upon-Avon, Failsworth and Sutton Coldfield.

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News and community
Posted 23 April 2024
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Stratford-upon-Avon Primary School 

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Thirty four and five year olds plus eight members of staff visited Romeo Place to learn about the construction process for this new Retirement Living community for the over 60s. 

They met Site Manager, Warren Caunt and were given high-vis jackets and hard hats before watching a crane in action and hearing how it is used on-site. 
Warren says, “They were really enthusiastic and engaged as they listened to how our retirement homes are built.” 

Gill Humphriss, Headteacher of Stratford-upon-Avon Primary School, adds: “The children had a fantastic time learning about the new homes being built in the community and particularly enjoyed helping to lay the bricks. It related nicely to our topic on construction by helping them to understand all the work that goes into building a home.”  

Propps Hall Junior Infant and Nursery School, Failsworth

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A group of year three pupils from Propps Hall Junior Infant and Nursery School, visited the site of McCarthy Stone’s Retirement Living development, Sydney Grange in Failsworth. 
The seven and eight year olds met Site Manager, Alan Quilty, to hear more about how McCarthy Stone are adopting Modern Methods of Construction and McCarthy Stone’s Environment Manager, Lindsay Roberts, spoke with the children about the company’s sustainability strategy.
Lauren Kay, Deputy Head Teacher at Propps Hall Junior Infant and Nursery School, says, “What’s great about these visits is that they may inspire our young pupils to take up a career in the construction industry one day.”  

Maney Hill Primary School, Sutton Coldfield

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Thirty-one nine and ten year olds met site manager, Lexi Kirby, at the site of Powell House in Sutton Coldfield. As well as learning about the construction industry each  of the children brought a drawing or photo of the things they love in 2024 to place into a time capsule that has been buried in what will become the garden. The capsule will be opened in 20 years’ time.   

Lexi says, “Opportunities such as these are a great way to help children understand what we do and inspire them to consider construction as a future career. Not only that, but it helps us to foster strong relationships with the communities in which we build, which is a key focus at McCarthy Stone. We look forward to doing more community outreach soon.” 

Paul Edgerton, headteacher of Maney Hill Primary School, adds, “The children particularly enjoyed helping to lay the bricks. It was extremely special for the children to commemorate the visit by burying the time capsule.”  

Learn more our retirement homes near you, call our friendly team on 0800 201 4811 or contact us online for more information.


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