TEACHERS at a Warminster secondary school have been busy putting their skills to good use to help the NHS staff trying to save patients with the Covid-19 Coronavirus.

Two teachers in the Design Department at Kingdown School spent Friday April 24 making 70 PPE visors for use by the NHS staff in local GP surgeries.

Adam Marsh, the school’s head of design, made the masks along with design teacher Andy Denny.

Mr Marsh said: “The Kingdown design department wanted to do their part in a growing national initiative of school Design & Technology departments, in creating face visors to help support our NHS and health care workers during the pandemic.

“The visors are designed to be disposable with the aim of filling the shortfall as more commercially-made visors are sourced and delivered.

“To date near 300,000 visors have been made and delivered nationwide by DT departments."

The face shield design being used has been developed by the school's DT teachers and is being provided as a free service to the community during this public health emergency.

Mr Adams added: "Although made to high quality, it is worth saying that the visors being made are not commercial grade and are designed to be disposable, with the aim of filling the shortfall as more are officially sourced.

"It is important for us to highlight that whilst the design has been checked for compliance they have not been tested against British Standards because of the nature of the national emergency."

The school's design team have only just started the process, making 70 visors on the first day of production.

Mr Adams says they have plenty more material to make more visors to support the local area.

The visors are made from polypropylene and clear rigid PVC plastics, stocked for a variety of student projects.

They are made from a combination of 3D Printing and laser cutting and then assembled by hand.

Mr Adams said: “Earlier this month, we were also able to donate our complete Science department kit of PPE to Wiltshire Police and Wiltshire NHS.”

Eve McBride, from Mere Surgery, came to collect the PPE and distributed it to other surgeries around Warminster.