High school looks to the future with £30,000 grant for new equipment

A pupil at John Spence Community High School  testing out some of the new equipment.
A pupil at John Spence Community High School testing out some of the new equipment.

A North Tyneside high school is celebrating after securing a bid for £30,000 to buy new equipment to prepare students for the modern world.

The Design and Technology Department at John Spence Community High School in North Shields, has secured the grant from the Wolfsen Foundation, a charitable fund specialising in supplying outstanding educational establishments with funds for computer aided design and manufacturing equipment.

Kate Winder, assistant curriculum leader of design and technology, said: “We submitted a rigorous application to the foundation last year, outlining the transformation the new equipment would bring to the curriculum.

“After visiting the site and speaking to members of staff, we found out the grant was successful.

“As a result of this grant, the department has been able to purchase state of the art laser cutters, 3D printers and lots, lots more which undoubtedly will enhance the learning experience for all of our pupils.”

Since the installation of the equipment began, there has been huge interest from staff and students.

The new equipment has helped in raising the profile of the department and engaging pupils with interesting and challenging new concepts that are in the public eye, as well as changing the face of technology in the future, such as how 3D printers are currently being used in plastic surgery and prosthetics production around the world. 

Kate added: “All that remains is to ensure this fantastic new equipment can be enjoyed by as many pupils as possible.

“We hope that they will all have the opportunity to experience it throughout their time in the subject, gaining a better insight into more current manufacturing and designing techniques that will better prepare them for the modern world.”