Sheffield pupils to swap pens for spades thanks to construction firm’s donation

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Every pupil at a Sheffield primary school will go on a trip to the seaside thanks to a £6,000 donation from a construction firm.

Wildgoose Construction has donated the cash to Tinsley Meadows School in Tinsley.

It will be used with a donation from Meadowhall to pay for 590 pupils to visit Whitby or Scarborough on an educational trip this summer.

For some youngsters the visit will be their first to the coast.

The children will take part in activities linked to their trip before and after it takes place and will focus on making safety posters, investigating cliff erosion and how tourism affects the towns.

Parents and members of the local community will be invited to a special event to view a display about the seaside trips, which will include photographs.

Wildgoose is re-modelling a community centre and adding an extension to create a new £6 million school campus.

Jonathan Wildgoose, executive chairman of Wildgoose Construction, said: “Wildgoose is delighted to be the chosen contractor for this important educational and community building and to be involved in actively supporting the school in their curricular activities that will ultimately enhance the pupils’ educational achievement and their quality of life.”

Emma Huntley, business manager at Tinsley Meadows School, said: “Educational visits are essential for our children as many of our children do not have an opportunity to visit places like Scarborough outside of school. Visits like these really accelerate our children’s learning by allowing them to have stimulating experiences that they then use in their topic work.”