Lord Scudamore students create a buzz at building site

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Lord Scudamore students create a buzz at building site

Pupils from Lord Scudamore Academy in Hereford swapped the classroom for a construction site when they visited the site of the new Cyber Quarter Midlands Centre for Cyber Security earlier this week.

The year three pupils joined the team from building contractor Speller Metcalfe to help create an ‘eco patch’ on the building site at Skylon Park in the Hereford Enterprise Zone.

The children got handy creating various animal environments including two large ‘bug hotels’ and were also given a lesson in health and safety on building sites with Speller Metcalfe’s safety mascot Buzz Sitegear.

Speller Metcalfe Environmental Lead, Sam Minett-Smith said: “We are so pleased to have been able to invite the children from Lord Scudamore Academy to help us create our on-site ‘eco patch’.

“Building work obviously can have a negative impact on the environment so it’s really important for us to do what we can to try to offset this.

“One of the ways we do this is by creating positive environments for the wildlife which could potentially be disrupted by our activity and it was fantastic to seen how much the children enjoyed getting involved.”

Kelly Steele, Year 3 Teacher at Lord Scudamore Academy, said: “The children really enjoyed the day with Speller Metcalfe.

“They used communication skills, practised turn taking and worked well together as a team. They all loved Buzz and were able to identify risks in the environment. They also understood the importance of this green initiative.

“This is something we encourage at our school through Forest School lessons and our commitment to being eco-friendly.”

The Cyber Quarter Midlands Centre for Cyber Security is a joint venture between Herefordshire Council and the University of Wolverhampton and has been part funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in conjunction with the Marches LEP Growth Fund. It is being built by local building firm Speller Metcalfe who work from headquarters in nearby Malvern.

The 2,000 square metre centre will provide resources for research and development across three cyber laboratories, advanced training facilities as part of the Wolverhampton Cyber Research Institute (WCRI) and additional business space for cyber companies.


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