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Primary school pupils’ joy as construction company donates climbing frame

Thanks to Sewells Construction our pupils are enjoying adventure-filled playtimes after a brand new climbing frame was installed on our school field. Athelstan Community Primary School in Sherburn-in-Elmet is benefiting from a brand new extension and refurbishment of the exsiting building, works completed by Sewell Construction on behalf of North Yorkshire County Council last year.The construction team completed the project while the school remained operational and built up a strong relationship with the whole team.

Now, as a lasting legacy for the pupils and the school, the Sewell Trail has been installed free of charge and the children are already benefiting from the timber-framed structure.As well as having plenty of fun, they have also utilised it for a sponsored obstacle course event to raise money towards new reading books and are enjoying lunchtime exercise on the trail.Sue Thompson, Business Manager at the school, said: “The children were so excited when we told them it was going to happen and it was being installed by Sewell.

“When they came across the field after half term and saw it, they absolutely loved it. We have used it for the sponsored event to reach our target for the reading books and the sports coaches, who run lunchtime activities, have added it into their programme.

“We have an amazing relationship with Sewell and we have missed having the team around since they finished the work. They have become a real part of our school and it’s such a lovely gesture that they’ve done this for us.

During their time on site, the Sewell Construction team built up positive relationships with staff and pupils, holding site safety workshops with the children, helping them to understand what is involved in the building work and asking for their thoughts on how they would like the team to behave on site.

Cameron Hodgson, Management Trainee at Sewell Construction, who also worked on the extension and refurbishment, said: “Everyone at the school was incredibly supportive of what we were doing throughout the whole project, and they were very patient and understanding while work was completed, so we had a great relationship from day one.

“The Sewell Trail is in a large open space on the field close to the reception and nursery, and it’s great to hear the children are so delighted with it.

“We believe in doing the right thing by the communities we serve, our partners and the economy.

“Rather than have a corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy, or a ‘foundation’, we respond to matters that will make a positive contribution to the places we live and work, and we hope the Sewell Trail will make a difference to children for decades to come.”Patrick Stainthorpe ,Senior Quanity Surveryor came to the school to make the presentaion to School Business Manager Mrs Sue Thompson 

Year six pupil Marcus Qareqare, 11, said: “When I first saw the new trail, I thought it was cool and would be really fun to play on. The best part of the trail is jumping over the logs. We did this as part of our sponsored event.”

Year five pupil Amelia Bentley, 9, said: “It is so good because, when our school was under construction, we didn’t have a trail that everyone could use. It’s also really good because you can compete against each other as there are two symmetrical sides. You can have lots of fun on it and lots of people like to play on it for the whole lunch time.”


Ingredion Uk Ltd have supported Athelstan School with a grant of £ to provide sensory playground equipment. We would like to thank Ingredion Uk for the support from the Community Relations Fund . Their support has greatly enhanced the recreational part of school life for some of our children in or school who face daily challenges. They are able to access play time in the same way as their peers and have the opportunity to become independent and lead their own recreational play. Mr Darren Barker from Ingredion supported the projected and worked with the children and the  school to determine the kind of equipment the children wanted . 

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