Kings Ford School Project

A giant outdoor classroom game of snakes and ladders has been built by KB staff to help children at Kings Ford School develop their maths skills.

As part of the company’s 175th anniversary projects, KB staff have laid out the numbered stepping-stone snake at the school, where it is surrounded by railings that feature four 8 ft long snake shapes.

The children, aged from four to seven, will jump and count their way along the stepping stones, improving their numeracy skills up to 30, as well as the physical skills of balancing and jumping, and dealing with winning and losing, according to head teacher Pam Rose.

“King’s Ford Infant School and Nursery is thrilled to be part of Kent Blaxill’s 175 year celebrations and to benefit from their hard work which will enrich our children’s learning, wellbeing and development,” added Pam.

The giant snake head and tail were made from marine ply by Malcolm Bennett to a design by Jasper Smathers. They were painted by Chris Parker, with other work done by staff from nearly every KB department.The giant snakes on the railings provide additional activity options for the children as they double up as blackboards and magnetic boards, while there are also two benches for children to watch the game from.

In another area, the school is developing a Spiritual Garden where KB volunteers have installed a calming water feature along with potting benches, cold frames and raised beds for growing flowers and vegetables. The area was officially opened by Colchester MP Bob Russell at the end of April.

Please click on the logos below to find out more about the companies who helped to sponsor the Kingsford School Project.

BirkettLong SolicitorsBluefinFennWright
Global Stone Natural Stone PavingForest GardenSVC Group


The new Kingsford School giant snakes head
The magnetic railings snakes at Kings Ford School
The new unopened Kings Ford School Garden
The KB installed water feature in the Spiritual Garden.
Sir Bob Russell opening the new Kings Ford School
The Kingsford School Pupils exploring their new garden