Novus in Custody Brothers' Towering Achievement

About the project

Two brothers at HMP North Sea Camp are en route to successful careers after creating a stunning ‘tower’ as part of their Brickwork course.

The duo studied on the Level 1 Bricklaying course at the Lincolnshire establishment and showed an early natural aptitude for brickwork.

Brickwork Lecturer Stephen Pringle said: “It’s usually the case that offenders with a trade background do very well in the bricks department, and it turned out that one brother had been a window fitter and the other a plasterer. Having used their time on the Level 1 course to learn the basic fundamentals of Bricklaying, both enrolled on the Level 2 Diploma course. It is at this stage we tap into creativity and start to individualise the learning.”

As part of this process, Stephen wanted to see how well they would work together on a joint project, which would also embed socialisation and communication skills.


The Story

Following a discussion with the brothers, Stephen came up with the concept of a circular structure, incorporating a door and windows. Setting out the structure and positioning openings challenged the brothers’ functional skills. Measuring circumference and diameter of the proposed building, and the use of equilateral triangles and isosceles triangles had them using all their embedded maths.

The result of the brothers’ endeavours was a superb tower structure containing an arched doorway, arched windows and castellated cappings, and points to a positive future for the siblings.

They have only been with me for a few months and already they are producing work to Level 3 standard. It is totally amazing.

Novus Brickwork Lecturer Stephen Pringle

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