The Jerwood School of Design at Oakham School has been temporarily redeployed by its Department of Design and Technology from an outstanding learning facility into a manufacturer of face shields to protect frontline NHS staff in the local community in their fight against Covid-19.
Using the School's 3D printers and laser cutters, over 500 masks have been produced in just 3 days and by teaming up with local business, Rutland Plastics, and suppliers, Soden Plastics and TechSoft, the process is being constantly refined and streamlined in order to enhance production.
Speaking about this initiative, Henry Price, Headmaster, said "I am very proud of and grateful to Tim Weston and his team of staff and volunteers, who have worked so hard to produce and deliver vital protective equipment for local surgeries, care homes and Peterborough ICU. This is a fabulous initiative making a tangible difference on the front line and I know one that is being replicated by Independent Schools across the country. We are very fortunate to have a wonderful facility in the Jerwood School of Design and it is great to see it being put to such good use at this critical time."
The Jerwood School of Design was opened in April 2009, with a major capital grant from Jerwood Foundation. Over a decade later, the legacy of John Jerwood's own enterprising and entrepreneurial spirit is being reinforced by the ingenuity ot the School's Design & Technology Team working in new ways and benefitting humanity in a building carrying his name.