Trio of partners create outdoor classroom in Coxhoe

15 July 2019

A trio of organisations - leading UK home builder, Keepmoat Homes; builders merchant, Jewson and New College Durham - have come together to create a new outdoor classroom for Coxhoe Primary School.

The project, which was overseen by Keepmoat Homes, saw students from New College Durham undertake the construction of this new outdoor classroom providing them with valuable work experience and creating a new space for the primary school.

The idea came about as the result of ongoing engagement between the school and Keepmoat Homes, which is delivering 190 new two, three and four bedroom homes at its nearby Hampton Green development.

Geoff Scott, Social and Economic Impact Manager at Keepmoat Homes said: “We have strong connection with Coxhoe Primary School. So when we heard they were looking to build a new outdoor classroom, we knew we could help and hopefully save some of the school’s budget by bringing together a selection of our partners.”

The donations of time, labour and materials by the three organisations, saw the school save over £4,000.

Geoff continued, “I’m delighted that the children like their new classroom and hope that they get lots of use from it.”

Phil McCullough, Business Unit Director at Jewson, said: “Supporting local communities is very much at the heart of what we do at Jewson, so when Keepmoat Homes approached us about getting involved with the project, we were more than willing to offer advice and supplies. Through this project, we’re not just building something brand new for the school, but we’re helping to give children access to a stimulating learning environment, which makes this even more special.”

Amy Britton, Early Years Teacher at Coxhoe Primary School said: “What a fantastic launch for our brand new outdoor area in Early Years. It has been a wonderful team effort; we would like to thank Keepmoat Homes for sourcing materials and working with the students of East College Durham to build our amazing outdoor classroom. We are very grateful for their support and delighted that some were able to join us to see the joy in our children’s faces as they learned outdoors on the classroom’s launch day.”

Kimberley Hope, Personal Learning Coach at New College Durham added: “This project in a partnership with Keepmoat provided our learners with the opportunity to plan a project from start to finish, overseeing and overcoming any issues that have arisen. It has given the learners the chance to put the skills they’ve learned in college into practice on a working construction site and create a special outdoor classroom that the primary School children and staff can enjoy.”

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