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Design technician wins £1,000 for school

Published on 21/02/17

A design and technology technician at Hethersett Academy has won £1,000 of funding for the school’s DT department.

Oliver Hazell was nominated for the Rolls Royce Science Prize, which rewards excellence in science teaching, for his project teaching students how to maintain the school’s sewing machines.

After realising that external maintenance of the sewing machines was expensive and only performed annually, Mr Hazell applied for a grant from the National Stem Learning Network to receive training on maintaining the machines.

He is now training student technicians in each class so they can help set up the machines and support other students using them, and hopes to roll out the project to other schools in the Inspiration Trust family.

The project has been so successful that Mr Hazell was put forward for the 2016 Rolls Royce Science Prize, and received a Special Merit Award of £1,000.

The prize money will be spent on modern materials and e-textiles for the school’s design and technology department.

Head of design and technology Kate Finlay said: “This has been such a great project and we are all very excited about the opportunities it is creating for our students, enabling them to become more independent in their studies.

“The whole department is very proud of Oliver and his hard work!”