New homes development welcomes pupils from Shillingstone Primary School to provide a practical insight into careers in housebuilding.


Prior to the recent half term, the Shillingstone Fields development in Okeford Fitzpaine welcomed 54 pupils from the nearby Shillingstone Primary School, as part of the school’s ‘Careers and Aspirations Week’. The pupils enjoyed an afternoon of interactive and educational sessions,  designed to provide an insight into some of the varied career options on offer, within the housebuilding sector.

Members of the Hurst and Hurst Estates team were on hand to meet with the children and introduce them to just some of the many roles that are carried out on site. The pupils were welcomed by Hurst and Hurst’s Managing Director Hector Hurst, who introduced them to the development and key members of the site team.

The pupils then split off into three groups and moved around the development in rotation:

The first group took a tour of the show home and learned about the sales and marketing of a development. From creating a brand and marketing the homes to working with interior designers to create the show homes, all the way through to selling the homes, the pupils were introduced to the whole process.

The second group met with the development site manager, who gave them an insight into the many different trades working on site and what is involved in the running of a new build development of this size.

The third group had an opportunity to try their hand at bricklaying. A team of bricklayers from site, set up a practical demonstration and talked to the pupils about the training and the skills involved in their trade. Some of the pupils then had an opportunity to lay some bricks of their own.

Hector Hurst, Managing Director of Hurst and Hurst Estates said: “We all thoroughly enjoyed the visit from Shillingstone Primary School. All of the children were so well behaved and really engaged with the team on site. The housebuilding sector offers such a wide and varied array of career options, with opportunities to suit a real mix of skills and interests. I hope the visit provided a little bit of an insight into our world and that some may have gone away, excited about a possible future in housebuilding!”

Shillingstone Primary School added: “What a great start for our careers week, the children enjoyed visiting the site, learning about all the different trades. The bricklaying was a highlight and looking around the show homes. It was an inspirational visit which we are grateful Hurst and Hurst funded for us.”

Shillingstone Fields comprises a collection of three and four-bedroom semi-detached and detached homes. All of the homes have been highly specified throughout, to include high-end kitchens with integrated appliances and underfloor heating to the ground floor. Sleek and stylish bathrooms and en suites boast Porcelanosa tiling and all of the homes benefit from a 10-year new homes warranty.

Set in the village of Okeford Fitzpaine, the homes offer the perfect blend of rural charm and urban convenience. The development is situated within close proximity to a number of highly regarded local schools (such as Shillingstone Primary School!) and enjoys good transport connections to the neighbouring towns/cities of Bath, Salisbury, Winchester and Poole.

A selection of homes at Shillingstone Fields are now ready to move in to. Prices start from £375,000,

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