Important lessons at new primary school


Health and safety were on the curriculum for young learners at newly-opened St Edburg’s CofE Primary School at Kingsmere in Bicester.

Giving advice were professionals from Countryside Properties who are constructing a new vilage community on the northern edge of the town.

Senior project manager Scott Young and the company’s head of health and safety, Michelle Shani, visited pupils just before the school opened to explain about construction works onsite and, most importantly, how to stay safe when travelling to and from classes.

Ms Shani said: “The school is at the heart of the Kingsmere development, next to the main access road that is used on a daily basis by construction vehicles.

“Health and safety is paramount in these circumstances and we wanted to make sure the children were familiar with the hazards and understood how to keep themselves and their fellow pupils safe over the coming months.”
She added: “They responded well to our visit and already seemed aware of the potential hazards.

“We will be coming to the school again soon to speak to younger age groups to make sure they also understand how to stay safe.”

Headteacher Margaret Kunzer said: “The children and staff are all very excited to be in the new school – it’s a great start to the new term.

“We’re looking forward to see the new community build up around it and welcoming new generations of children through the doors of St Edburg’s.”

St Edburg’s – the oldest and only CofE school in Bicester – is the first of two primary schools to open at Kingsmere, having moved from the town centre and doubled in size.

The new state-of-the-art premises include outdoor learning spaces, a multi-use games area, sports pitches, sensory garden and nursery play area.

The development was jointly funded by Countryside (which also provided the land), Oxfordshire County Council and the Diocese of Oxford, which governs the school.

Plans for the secondary school are subject to public consultation to determine the nature of the facility.