Alford students housing study visit

Lewis Brader, Lauren Steel and Gioiachino Lippolis take notes during their visit to Willoughby Chase
Lewis Brader, Lauren Steel and Gioiachino Lippolis take notes during their visit to Willoughby Chase

Pupils from John Spendluffe Technology College in Alford visited Chestnut Homes’ Willoughby Chase in the town as part of their studies on sustainable development.

More than 60 Year 11 geography pupils visited the development in Willoughby Road, where they got the chance to look around homes under construction and explore the two showhomes.

The pupils have been studying Willoughby Chase as part of their GCSE controlled assessment on sustainable development.

Nicole Chrysostomou, 15, said: “For our controlled assessment we have been looking at Willoughby Chase to see how Chestnut Homes make it environmentally friendly and sustainable, and make sure the build is high-quality. It was really interesting to visit the development and actually see that for ourselves.”

Tristan Dean, 15, said: “It was interesting to look around the houses that are still being built and don’t have any wallpaper or carpets yet, and then to look at the finished showhomes.”

Sam Allen, 15, said: “I’d never been to a housing development before, and it was interesting to hear how Chestnut Homes design their houses.”

Paul Marriott, head of geography at John Spendluffe Technology College, said: “It was really beneficial for the pupils’ work for them to visit Willoughby Chase to see sustainable development in a real-life setting.

“They gathered lots of valuable information which will be a great help to them for their controlled assessment.”

Students looked around the York House, a four-bedroom detached home, and a three-bedroom Taunton semi-detached house, which are both in the final stages of the building process, before touring the three-bedroom Avon and Taunton showhomes.

They were shown around by Chestnut Homes director Rob Newton and land and development director Neil Kempster, who told them all about the process of designing and building new homes.

Mr Newton said: “It was great to have the pupils from John Spendluffe Technology College on site with us. They asked us lots of good questions during their tour of the site and showed plenty of enthusiasm.

“I hope the information which they gathered helps them to achieve great success in their GCSE work.”