Model homes help Harborough pupils put theory into practice

Welland Park Academy pupils have been donated a model development by Barratt Homes
Welland Park Academy pupils have been donated a model development by Barratt Homes

Design and technology pupils at a Harborough school had the opportunity to see how skills taught in the classroom can be put into practice in the world of work thanks to the donation of a site model from Barratt Homes.

The leading homebuilder has given the site model of phase one at its Farndon Fields development, in Harborough, to Welland Park Academy to help Year 7 pupils in their learning and inspire them to consider careers in the construction industry.

Year 7 have recently been studying Computer Aided Design (CAD) and have used software to produce their own 3D models of homes.

Class teacher Rhys Roberts said the site model will be extremely beneficial to the pupils.

He added: “The pupils have already produced some fantastic designs in class and the donation of the Farndon Fields model creates an excellent opportunity for them to appreciate the principles of house design and planning, using a real life scenario, as well as introducing them to the possibility of careers in architecture.”

Farndon Fields site manager Gavin Coleman visited students to deliver the model and see how it would be put to use.

He said: “It’s nice to see the site model go to such good use.

“We hope it will be useful for design and technology classes and even inspire the next generation of homebuilders and architects.”

Andrew Swindell, managing director of Barratt Homes Northampton, said: “As a company we endeavour to give as much back to the communities at our developments as possible.

“We’re always happy to be able to help and hope Welland Park Academy can benefit from the site model.”

Farndon Fields is a short walk from the Harborough.

Offering a broad choice of three and four bedroom homes, as well as great commuter links via the M1, A6 and M6, it is the ideal location for everyone from young professionals to growing families alike.

Barratt Homes prides itself on creating exceptional homes in the finest locations and recently achieved the maximum five star housebuilder rating in a customer satisfaction survey conducted by the Home Builders Federation.

For more information about Barratt Homes’ developments, phone 01604 419621 or log onto the website at