Around 60 pupils from year five at Buxton Junior School were given a first-hand experience of the quarrying industry when they visited Tarmac’s Tunstead site in Derbyshire recently.
The pupils were given the chance to see a quarry blast from the viewing platform at Old Moor quarry, which was the highlight of the day for many of them. They also got to see the scale of the operations and technology used up close, when they were shown the 100 tonne dumper trucks used to move stone around the site. The group were also given an insight into how limestone is formed, its importance to the local economy, and how the high quality rock from Tunstead is used to make products like cement, which go into making the built environment around them.
Viv Russell, lime and powders director at Tarmac’s Tunstead site, said: “It was good to see the enthusiasm of the pupils, and we really enjoyed showing them around. We’re proud of what we do here, so hosting visits from schools and universities helps us to build relationships with the local community, and also gives young people a better understanding of what we do and the opportunities we offer for careers. Many of the children said they wanted to work at Tunstead when they get older, which is a great sign for the future.”
Lauren Moseley, teacher of year five pupils at Buxton Junior School, said: “Our pupils thoroughly enjoyed their visit to Tarmac and learned a great deal about the geology of the site and the products made there. They were particularly excited to see the blast and the huge dumper trucks and diggers. These visits are invaluable as they provide pupils with a real life experience of a local business. Thanks to Tarmac and all staff at the Tunstead site for a great day.”
For more information on Buxton Junior School visit www.buxtonjuniorschool.co.uk.
For more information on Tunstead Cement & Lime visit the website www.tarmac.com/tunstead.