Bloxham School seek support as they increase PPE production


Number of Vital protective face shields for healthcare staff to be stepped up with your help

Two members of staff at Bloxham School have used the Easter break to produce 65 quality face shields for healthcare professionals battling against coronavirus.   Now they are keen to find additional help to increase the amount of personal protective equipment (PPE) they can make in the coming weeks.

Head of Design and Technology Mark Shevington and colleague Nick Hollingworth created the templates and produced the first batch of face shields whilst students were on their Easter holidays.   They utilised the school’s 3D printer, some school supplies and their own personal equipment.   The initial batch of face shields is now in use at both Banbury Cross Health Centre and the Katharine House Hospice.

Now, with virtual lessons about to resume and Mark and Nick heading back to teaching duties, they have been searching for a way to ensure they could continue to produce the PPE equipment.   Help came from former parent and local engineer Sophie Breslin who will now continue their work using the school’s equipment.

With Sophie on board the team of three are hoping to recruit others who can help them.   They are aiming to produce another 100 face shields next week.

The search is on to find people who can help through use of their own 3D printer or with the supply of materials.   To make the face shields the team need:

  • filament plastic that feeds into the 3d printer and forms headband
  • clear plastic sheets for the visor sized 240 sq mm, 0.4-0.5 mm thick
  • button hole elastic

The clear plastic is sometimes supplied as a roll as so the team are also keen to hear from anyone with a plastic cutting guillotine.

For those unable to help practically the school has set up and fund raising page so they can purchase more supplies:

Anyone interested in lending a hand or supplying equipment or materials should email

Listen to Sarah Demirtges from Bloxham School talking to Banbury FM about the project:

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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