Coronavirus: Schools make PPE for NHS staff

Schools put DT workshops to work constructing vital personal protective equipment during the coronavirus outbreak

Catherine Lough

NHS worker in PPE

Schools have risen to the challenge to create protective equipment for doctors and nurses on the front line during the coronavirus pandemic, with many design and technology departments creating masks or perspex visors for healthcare workers.

In Hertfordshire, Jack Fellowes-Prynne, a design and technology teacher at The Bishop's Stortford High School, started making perspex visors to protect health workers from Covid-19, after fellow teachers at Birchwood High School used a 3D-printing process to make visors.

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Mr Fellowes-Prynne had made 200 visors at the last count.

Headteacher Dale Reeve said: "Mr Fellowes-Prynne deserves all the credit for making the face shields and delivering them to the nursing team."

The school has also donated its stock of science safety goggles to Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow.

At Monkton Combe School in Bath, the design and technology department were also been busy over the weekend printing masks for local hospitals.


Oundle School in Northamptonshire also loaned its 3D printer to a local resident who was manufacturing face shields, allowing him to increase production.

And staff at Garforth Academy in West Yorkshire have also been helping with the efforts to make PPE for the NHS.

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Catherine Lough

Catherine Lough is a reporter at Tes.

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