News Team’s Exciting Tour of the Building Work!

On Friday 9th March, the construction company who are working on the development of our school, KrolCorlett, gave several lucky members of our news team the opportunity to go on a guided tour of their construction site. They showed us around the work that is taking place on the site, discussed the work that has been done so far and the next steps of the project, covered safety rules and answered lots of our questions during an exclusive interview!

At the beginning of the afternoon, Simon, the company director, gave us some hard hats and company high visibility jackets to wear, before taking us on an exclusive tour of the first building site on the playground. He showed us the materials being used for the building, including some absolutely huge bars of steel and told us some very important information about what is going to happen at the different stages of the project! We were even able to get some photographs taken by the company’s official photographer as we looked around the site.

After that, we took a short walk and made our way to the second part of the building site, outside the main entrance. Simon showed as a huge safety sign on the fence and told us about the importance of the safety rules that the builders need to follow, especially when working in a school with so many children around the site. We asked him some questions, and along with his site manager Steve, they told us about why they had spray paint, how they were planning to level out the foundations that have been put into place, and what the future plans were for that side of the building.

Once we had completed the tour, we took off our hats and jackets, and headed up to the quiet room, as it was time for our exclusive interview with Simon! We had all prepared some questions and each had the chance to ask him some things about both himself and the work that is taking place on our school, and he provided us with some brilliant answers. We found out about what it takes to become a builder and what the job entails, as well as all of the information about the plans for our school project and the great progress that has already been made so far!

Overall, the whole afternoon was brilliant and extremely informative. We have all been filled with even more excitement and enthusiasm about the development of our school and are eager to see the building work when the project is completed! Simon even said he would give us another tour of the building towards the end of the project, which we already cannot wait for! We would like to say a huge thank you to Simon and his team at KrolCorlett for showing us around the site, and make sure you stay tuned to our website for the exclusive interview and further updates about the development of our school!

Building Work Exclusive Interview!

Our News Team were extremely fortunate last week, as they were given the opportunity of a guided tour of the building work that is currently taking place on our school, by the director of KrolCorlett construction, Simon Krol. Afterwards, they even had the opportunity to sit down for a chat about the project and how it is progressing so far. Here is part one of their exclusive interview!

First of all, we would like to get to know a little more about you and your job. What made you decide that you wanted to become a builder?
Well, my dad was a builder and he started the company in 1965 and when he retired I took the business over, so there has always been a builder in the family.

What qualifications are needed to become a builder?
It depends how far you want to go really. My son is just finishing his GCSEs and is coming to work for me as an apprentice joiner, so he will be working on site for four days a week and going to college one day a week, for the four years that he serves his apprenticeship. He could then go to night school to get further qualifications or get a degree. There are lots of different jobs in the construction industry other than working on site, such as architects, engineers and surveyors so it depends on the type of job that you want to do.

How long have you been a builder for?
A long time! Obviously with my dad being a builder, I spent a lot of time around building sites when I was younger helping him out. When I left school at 16, I went straight into the business so I’ve always been involved in building really.

Have you worked on any other schools or famous buildings?
Yes, we have recently finished working at the National Museum in Liverpool, putting together the new Ancient Egypt exhibition, which was really interesting.

Do you have to work throughout the half terms and summer holidays when nobody is here?
Yes, we do! The best time for us to do some of the messier work is when you’re on your holidays and the school is

In our school, we have recently had an investigation week and the teachers made up a story that the builders had found a time capsule. Have you ever really discovered anything interesting on any sites you have worked at?
Unfortunately, we haven’t uncovered any artefacts or anything like that but we have put some time capsules in on some of our jobs. In one school that we worked at in Preston, we buried a time capsule that the children in the school had put together, that included lots of different things like photographs, football kits and things that they had made. That could be something that we do here for you guys, you’ll have to ask your teachers!

Now, let’s talk a bit more specifically about the job that you are doing on our school. Is it difficult to work in a place where there are so many people in and around the building every day?
Yes, that’s why the site safety sign we looked at outside is so important! Building sites are always quite dangerous, but even more so when working around children, so we have to be extra careful to make sure that there are no accidents and the site is run safely for you all.

Do you have to follow a lot of rules to ensure you are safe on the site?
Yes we do, there are lots of rules and regulations and we have to put the building together in a particular way to make sure it is safe. At various stages of the construction we also have to phone people called Building Control, and they come and check that we are doing a good job and everywhere is safe.

What are the different jobs or roles that the workers have on site?
Steve, who we met outside, is the site manager and he is in charge of the day to day running of the site. Then we have Adam, who is a site foreman, he works with Steve and is like a junior manager, and underneath them we have the joiners and labourers. The joiners do all of the woodwork around the site and the labourers move the materials around the site to where they need to be, and make sure the site stays clean and tidy. At the later stages of the project we will then bring in sub-contractors such as plumbers, electricians, plasterers and decorators, then it’s all finished!

Do you work on a specific part of the building all of the time or do you all have different areas that you work on?
Well, in this job we are working in two main areas; the compound area on the playground and over by the old main entrance, so the guys split up so that we can work on both areas of the building at the same time.


Stay tuned for part two of this exclusive interview, which will be up on our school website next week!

Building Work: Photo Gallery (March 2018)

Proposed Layout Plans

Update: November 2018

Despite the snow and freezing conditions throughout last week, trying to slow things down, our building work has continued to make good progress. Much of the extension work on the junior playground is up and beginning to take shape, while the new foundations are in place outside of the hall and old office, following the new concrete being laid. Some of the windows were even taken out of some classes last week to make way for the new and improved rooms. Stay tuned for some exciting updates next week, as our news team have been given the opportunity to have an exclusive interview with the builders to find out some more information about the progress so far and the next steps of the project!