Ashbourne Hilltop
Primary and Nursery School

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Building Work Commences!

The work has started this week on the new classrooms, which is very exciting for both the children and staff! In preparation, Miller Homes delivered an assembly to the children on safety around building sites, and had this to say:


Children from Ashbourne Hilltop Infant and Nursery School have been learning about the importance of health and safety on building sites, following a visit from Miller Homes Midlands.


Health, safety and environmental manager, Gary Kuzmicz, held an interactive assembly at the school, showing pupils how new homes are created, what the future of house building could look like, and the hazards and potential risks on construction sites.


“Considerations for health and safety are at the heart of everything we do at Miller Homes,” Gary said.


“We like to create new communities close to village and town centres, and we aim to make sure that children nearby, such as those at Oaklands Park in Ashbourne, are aware of, and thinking about the potential hazards on site.


“The children at Ashbourne Hilltop were really interested in the different topics covered and were eager to get involved in the session. It is really important to Miller Homes that we get out and about and develop strong links with the community, and this is just the sort of initiative we enjoy delivering.”


Miller Homes has been working alongside the school after they came together during a national initiative, Walk to School Week, in which pupils and families are encouraged to leave the car behind and become more active.


The school’s headteacher, Hazel Jaques, explained that Gary’s visit was a success:


“Our pupils very much enjoyed participating in Walk to School Week, and the health and safety assembly was an opportunity to extend our successful collaboration. The pupils enjoyed learning about what happens on a real building site, as well as taking away lots of valuable safety advice.”