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WF Education and TSL was commissioned to create a 1st class D&T installation at one of the UK’s leading independent schools.

The Situation

Shrewsbury School decided to relocate the D&T department from several workshops located outside the main teaching buildings of the school, to a single facility, within an existing building which required refurbishment. TSL was appointed as the supplier to undertake the installation and transform the D&T facilities for Shrewsbury School and its students. This decision posed challenges such as relocating to a smaller space and local planning constraints working within the curtilage of a listed building, plus health and safety considerations, specifically for fume extraction.

The Solution

Shrewsbury School has seen an exciting growth in D&T, with numbers increasing at extraordinary levels at both GCSE and pre-university. TSL provided a complete pre-installation advice and consultancy service to the school through Project Manager, Peter O’Connor – an ex D&T teacher of 25 years; advising on space planning, zoning, and the effective relocation of existing equipment. This early collaboration with the school included the designing, and refining of workshop layouts, ensuring that the new installation was executed smoothly and within budget – with existing equipment relocated where health and safety considerations allowed.

This new installation brings together a range of modern and traditional equipment to create an ideal teaching environment for new product design – the core focus of the school’s D&T curriculum. The equipment supplied and installed by TSL includes 3D printers and laser cutters, right through to disk sanders, pillar drill and hand tools. Post-installation, Shrewsbury School also benefits from WF Education and TSL’s complimentary technical support service for the lifetime of these products and access to our comprehensive range of materials including acrylics, wire, metals, laminates, textiles and more. The project enabled WF Education and TSL to support Shrewsbury School in its mission to support the implementation of an innovative D&T curriculum; and ensure this contemporary curriculum thrives within a contemporary environment. 

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