Holyrood Academy students are thrilled to be benefitting from a very generous recent donation by Gooch & Housego in Ilminster. The local company responded to a request from Laura Hutchings, Head of Design and Technology at Holyrood by donating three Flash Forge 3D printers and a stock of filament to run them on. Barry Luke, Adrian Chance and Ashleigh Foote of Gooch & Housego were keen to help local children develop their understanding of commercial machinery and build confidence in their ability to realise their designs through digital software.
Laura said, “All our students, from Year 7 to 13 will benefit from this donation in all our D&T subjects: Woods/Metals/Plastic, Textiles, Electronics, Food, and Engineering BTec. These invaluable machines will help us to develop the curriculum in KS3, to enable aspects of the manufacturing to be more creative and also enable students at KS4 and KS5 to create rapid prototypes of their coursework. Many of our students live within the Chard/Ilminster/Axminster areas and go on to future careers within local engineering and manufacturing industries. I believe the facilities we offer are paramount to our students’ futures; they should enable them to fulfil their potential and create workers that are up to date with modern technology and work-based practices. We are so grateful to everyone at Gooch & Housego!”