Eight pupils from Sherborne Primary School were given an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the new Bradfords Building Supplies site located on Barton Farm, Sherborne.

The pupils were special guests of the Bradfords team and have been working closely with the South West Builders Merchant since the build of the school’s sensory garden last year.

The initial visit in December, in which children were able to visualise the finished building with virtual reality headsets, was described by Year 4 teacher Fran Ellis as a “wow moment for the children”.

Site manager Ian Thompson ran the second guided tour of the construction site, encouraging the mix of eager Year 5 and 6 pupils to ask questions about the eco-building and the builder’s industry as they walked in and around the site, warehouse and yard.

The visit allowed the opportunity to learn about the day to day life in the construction industry, as well as health and safety elements and the community values that a new site brings to the job market and local families.

The visits have created a good link and relationship between the school and Bradfords. After the tour pupils were quizzed with prizes given out by Bradfords Sherborne Branch Director, Paul Harvey.

Harvey said: “It’s always a pleasure to show the students and staff around the site, as I believe it’s important for children to see what’s growing and developing within their community.”

Headteacher Ian Bartle said: “The kids are gaining a lot from it.

“We’re all excited to come back once the new site officially opens”.

The new branch is due to open early September.