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A group of Upper Fifth pupils studying design and technology recently had the rare chance to witness first-hand industrial processes of direct relevance to their GCSE curriculum. On 21 January, following an invitation from a company in Dorking specialising in moulded plastic products, 36 pupils paid a visit to the factory of Broanmain Plastics. There, they saw things that are either difficult or impossible to replicate in a school workshop.
Concerns are often voiced in the media about the relevance of the school curriculum to the world outside. The work of the St John’s Design and Technology Department in arranging this and similar trips is one example that could serve to dispel any such criticism. It was a real pleasure, therefore, to see pupils finding out directly from practising experts in the field about those processes and products that they had hitherto only read about in technology books. This, together with the personal insight of the Managing Director Wilf Davis, left pupils in little doubt as to the real-world applicability of what they had already learnt in lessons. Head of Design and Technology, Mr Ward, would like to express gratitude to all those staff at Broanmain Plastics who welcomed the pupils so warmly and dedicated so much of their valuable time to showing them around the facility and answering their questions.
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