Schoolchildren back Mactaggart & Mickel's health and safety campaign

Children at an Oxfordshire village school have turned building site safety into a fine art in a creative competition organised with local family homebuilder, Mactaggart & Mickel.

Youngsters at St Nicholas C of E Primary School in East Challow, near Wantage, were asked to help raise health and safety awareness at Mactaggart & Mickel’s new Childrey Park development.

Children from every year group rose to the challenge in style by designing posters to highlight the award-winning company’s safety messages at the nearby building site.

One pupil from each year group won a £20 gift voucher to be spent at a local shop as a reward for their artistic efforts.

Year five pupil Freya Zywko emerged as the overall victor. As well as winning an iPad mini, her design has been turned into a poster which is now on public display – to the delight of the Mactaggart & Mickel team.

Childrey Park site manager Scott Webb, who launched the competition when he spelled out the importance of health and safety in a special school assembly, has been full of praise for the talented youngsters.

Scott said: “We’ve been really impressed with the way all the children embraced our health and safety challenge and there are clearly a few budding architects, surveyors and designers at St Nicholas C of E Primary School.

“The overall standard of their designs was excellent, right from reception to year six, which made the job of choosing a winner a tough task for our Childrey Park team.

“But Freya was a worthy winner and we know her brilliant work will make Childrey Park a safer place for my team and for visitors, which is vitally important to Mactaggart & Mickel because we pride ourselves on attention to detail and quality.”

Freya’s poster is now reinforcing the company’s health and safety message, taking pride of place at the entrance to Childrey Park, where a new neighbourhood of 25 spacious homes is emerging.

St Nicholas Primary School headteacher Elise Keymer said: “It’s been great working with Mactaggart & Mickel and we’re proud of the way our children have put their minds to the challenge set by Scott.

“They were all really inspired by the talk that Scott gave them about the importance of health and safety at Childrey Park and now they’ve got a real insight into the art of homebuilding.

“It’s good to have neighbours like Mactaggart & Mickel in East Challow and we’re delighted to know that Freya has made a positive difference to everyone who visits Childrey Park by spreading the health and safety message.”

Childrey Park is a stone’s throw from Oxfordshire’s lively market town of Wantage; with its independent shops, market square, narrow cobbled streets and passages bounded by 17th and 18th century buildings.

The new homes will all be finished to the very highest standards, guaranteed by Mactaggart & Mickel’s unique ‘Seal of Approval’ checks undertaken in every home by a director or senior manager – a practice dating back to 1925.

Joanne Casey, Managing Director of Mactaggart and Mickel (England), added: “We have a number of developments in the Oxfordshire and Cotswolds area and a long-standing history of supporting the communities we build in.

“We are really grateful to St Nicholas C of E Primary School pupils for their enthusiasm in helping us to share this important safety message, because we are proud of our Childrey Park development and we are sure it will enhance the community.

“We look forward to continuing to work with the teachers and pupils at the school – as well as the wider community - as Childrey Park progresses and our first customers move into their new homes.”