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Keeping safe at school with high vis vest donation

Children at Kingfisher CE Academy and the Kingfisher Nursery took the opportunity during their final week to say ‘thank you’ to the Wichelstowe project team for their high visibility vests which they used one last time this term during a litter pick.

The Wichelstowe project team recently delivered 150 vests for children and staff to use walking to and from school and for outings in the local area.

One of the largest local authority joint venture agreements in the country, the Wichelstowe development is being built by Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes in partnership with Swindon Borough Council. It will deliver 3,000 new homes over the next 20 years, along with new schools and community facilities.

The Kingfisher CE Academy primary school opened its doors in September 2021 and The Kingfisher nursery welcomed its first children last April.

The new community at Wichelstowe will cover 600 acres on the southern edge of Swindon. In addition to 208 new homes already delivered at Canalside @ Wichelstowe, the 250-acre site also includes Waitrose, Hall & Woodhouse bar and restaurant and community facilities.  Once complete, there will be 200 acres of open space, 12km of new footways and cycleways, 1.5 acres of allotments and 20 acres of play areas and sports pitches.  Work is now underway on the 182 new Barratt homes at Wichel Fields @ Wichelstowe. Barratt and David Wilson show homes are expected to open in the autumn.

Andrea Pilgrim, sales director at Barratt Homes’ Bristol division, which covers Swindon, commented: “We’re delighted to donate these vests so local families and their children can walk safely to school and nursery and get out and about in the local area.”

Louise Ware, sales director at David Wilson Homes’ South West division, added: “We’re really excited to see children and families on-site now and attending the new nursery and school here at Wichelstowe. The high visibility vests will help children and staff stay safe on their way to school.”

Sharon Bishop, headteacher at Kingfisher CE Academy added: “We actively encourage families to walk to school and it’s great to have a full set of high visibility vests for children and staff when we take them on outings in the future.”