Magdalen College School, Brackley

Magdalen College School, Brackley.

Due to the nature of our work, off-cuts are an inevitable part of our manufacturing process. As such, we are continuously looking for ways of disposing of the off-cuts, without sending it to the landfill. We have found in recent years that a variety of establishments; schools, charities, animal rescues, and individual DIY enthusiasts have benefitted from taking away some of the off-cuts. The feedback we have received has always been positive; that the ply is ideal for a range of uses for both amateurs and professionals.

In July this year, On The Level were invited to visit Magdalen College School, Brackley, and we were delighted to take them up on the offer. We have been donating ply wood to schools for many years, so to have the opportunity to see it being used first-hand by the students was an exciting prospect.

Armed with our professional photographer, Jessie M Photography, we set off and were met at the school by Dominic Copas, Head of Design Technology, then shown to his department to view some previous projects that the students had been working on. Joined by Headteacher, Mr Colling, we were presented with a room full of Year 7 designs for a mobile phone holder, which incorporated a magnifying glass. The students had used the ply wood in a variety of ways, and added several mechanisms in order to allow the wood to move in various ways.

Some of the students joined us later and were good enough to explain the thought process behind their design and to talk a bit about why they enjoyed doing the work.

The facilities we saw at the school were extremely impressive. The Design Technology department alone housed not one but two computer rooms where the students had access to software such as Adobe PhotoShop, a large teaching area, and an even bigger practical room filled with workstations, vices, and various other machines and equipment including:

  • Milling machines
  • Soldering equipment
  • Clamps and vices
  • Ironmongery equipment
  • Computers and programmes
  • 3D printers

It seemed as though everywhere we turned we could see our ply being used; from the students’ projects, to desks and even shelving units. It was fantastic to see our off-cuts that would have otherwise gone to landfill, being used in so many different and useful ways, and ultimately saving the school money too.

 

Near the end of our time at the school we learned of one of the most exciting purchases that the school had made; its very own 3D printer! It is fascinating to think back to our own school days and see what a privilege the children at Magdalen College School have to be surrounded by such fantastic technology, equipment, and more importantly, enthusiastic teaching staff.

Once again, On The Level would like to thank the staff and pupils of Magdalen College School, Brackley, for the warm welcome and enthusiastic tour. Special thanks go to Dominic and Paul for all your help and hospitality.

 

If you are a school or charity who could benefit from some of our off-cuts, please contact: marketing@onthelevel.co.uk

Magdalen College School

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