Midhurst students get insight into construction

JPOS Mid mpic building'Midhurst Rother College students in Balfour Beatty tutorial
JPOS Mid mpic building'Midhurst Rother College students in Balfour Beatty tutorial

MIDHURST Rother College students have been getting first-hand experience of the work involved in building their £31m new school.

Members of the Balfour Beatty construction team, Rowan Swallow and Paul Jarmyn, presented the students with a general overview of the project, outlined the different aspects of the work being carried out, and talked about the precise timing and schedules required to ensure that everything happened on time and in the right order.

Careers advice was also on offer focusing on all aspects of engineering along with a tutorial on surveying and the specialist equipment.

Year 11 student, Dominic Groves said: “It was a great opportunity not just to learn about the construction industry, but also to get a look at the foundations of the new school. It was brilliant.”

Nathan Prespiorka added: “There’s more to putting up such a big building than I thought and it was great learning about being a surveyor and being able to use the equipment.”

“This is an amazing and quite an unsual resource for a school to have,” said Terry Kelly, assistant principal.

“The viewing area is perfectly placed so students can learn about all aspects of the building project.

“The staff at Balfour Beatty are very accommodating, prepared to offer sessions covering sustainability and the environment, engineering, design and careers in the industry overall.

“All these features can be built into lessons so we are hoping to take full advantage of this opportunity while it is here.”