Keighley firm inspires pupils to create their own furniture

Carol Moore, internal sales co-ordinator with British Thornton ESF, joins children from Our Lady of Victories Primary School with the furniture they made

Carol Moore, internal sales co-ordinator with British Thornton ESF, joins children from Our Lady of Victories Primary School with the furniture they made

First published in Keighley

A Keighley manufacturing firm has been helping to inspire and educate primary school children.

Our Lady of Victories Catholic Primary teamed up with school furniture making company British Thornton to give hands-on, vocational experience to 15 youngsters from years four, five and six.

Pupils were given a tour of the Ingrow-based business, and designed items of furniture they wanted to make themselves.

After presenting their designs to British Thornton, they went back to school to make a storage box and a ‘Bible trolley’ using wood donated by the company.

The project was co-ordinated by Catholic Care social worker, Emma Kearney, and Michelle Wilson, higher level teaching assistant and family support worker.

Emma said: “It’s been really great. It was good for the children’s team-working skills and for building up their confidence. It’s also given them an insight into manufacturing.”

Michelle added: “I think it’s been very good for the pupils. They loved the tour of the factory.”

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