19 Sep

Pupils at All Saints' Primary School in Freshwater were given some important lessons to correspond with road works in their area.


As part of the Highways PFI, Newport-based company Island Roads undertakes an education programme, timing visits to schools to coincide with the start of surfacing works.

During the visits, Island Roads staff speak to youngsters about the possible dangers of road work sites as well as try to spark early interest in engineering by getting pupils to build basic bridges in a fun and interactive way.

Rebecca Tuck, Island Roads communications officer who undertakes the talks, said: “The PFI is about more than just improving and maintaining the Island’s highways, we really do want to involve everyone in the community in what we are doing.

“An important part of that involves the school visits where we discuss with pupils the potential dangers of a road work sites. This is especially important given the fact the Highways PFI will be undertaking so much work in residential areas.

“We also talk to the children about very basic engineering and demonstrate this by getting them to build some of their own structures.

“We are always impressed by the behaviour and enthusiasm of students. We hope that the visits leave them aware of both the potential dangers of road work sites,  a greater understanding of the PFI project and of engineering in general. It would be nice to think that some of the children we are visiting could in the future become Island Roads staff delivering the project.”

Headteacher Nicki Mobley said: “The pupils really enjoyed learning about the work that is being done to improve the Island’s roads and of course, the safety message about the importance of keeping away from road works is vital. I know the children also enjoyed making their bridges and, who knows, we may have a future Island Roads engineer in our midst.”

KC Dawkins, a pupil at the school, said: “I have seen Island Roads working near my house so it was good to hear more about what they are doing.”

 

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