Ebbsfleet Academy making PPE for hospitals

PUBLISHED: 08:00 18 April 2020

The group on their production line led by Jon Kelly. Picture: Ebbsfleet Academy

The group on their production line led by Jon Kelly. Picture: Ebbsfleet Academy


The Ebbsfleet Academy is making and supplying PPE visors to the NHS.

According to many reports, personal protection equipment for NHS staff has been in short supply in some areas.

So the school in Southfleet Road, Swanscombe, decided to do something about it.

Now it has delivered its first order of protective visors to the Kent and Canterbury Hospital.

Jon Kelly, a design and technology teacher at the academy, formed a small working group to work on the project.

He was prompted to take action when an academy supplier, Kitronik, shared a PPE visor design. he design uses polypropylene for the headband, a low-cost material and can be easily laser-cut, and an A4 acetate sheet.

Mr Kelly said: “I was confident that with a small amount of help we would be able to manufacture the visors in the academy’s design and technology workshop.

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“We already had the necessary materials in stock and the laser equipment needed to start production immediately.”

Gurjit Kaur Shergill, academy principal, said: “What Mr Kelly and his small team have managed to achieve in such a short amount of time is fantastic.

“It makes sense to use the school’s resources and equipment, which are sitting idle.

“Thanks to Mr Kelly and his expertise we can contribute in a small way to helping to protect NHS staff on the frontline as they assist those in need. It’s essential now, more than ever that we help and support our community however we can.”

And Alex Lister, governor for East Kent Hospitals University, added: “It’s been great to be part of something that you know is making a difference to individuals in the NHS working night and day to save lives.

“I personally want to thank Mr Kelly, his family and the academy for their support.

“I can confirm the PPE visors delivered have already been allocated and are being used.”

And Mr Kelly went on: “We have currently used all our stock of polypropylene, but thanks to Ms Shergill, who has kindly agreed to fund the purchase of more, we are waiting for a delivery any day now. We will then be straight back into production.”

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