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New Technology Centre in Cheltenham helps to hone the design skills of the future

PUBLISHED: 10:47 13 April 2017 | UPDATED: 10:47 13 April 2017

Head of Design and Tech, George Boyd, Deputy CEO of DATA Andy Mitchell, co-founder of SuperDry Julian Dunkerton and Headmaster of Cheltenham Prep, Jonathan Whybrow

Head of Design and Tech, George Boyd, Deputy CEO of DATA Andy Mitchell, co-founder of SuperDry Julian Dunkerton and Headmaster of Cheltenham Prep, Jonathan Whybrow

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Superdry founder Julian Dunkerton cut the ribbon on Cheltenham College Preparatory School's new state-of-the-art centre in Thirlestaine Road

The dedicated D&T suite will be for the use of pupils in Years 5-8 and includes cutting edge equipment, including a laser cutter, 3D printer, sewing machines and CAD software.

Other guests at the opening ceremony included staff from St Edward’s and Kitebrook School, the Chair of the Cheltenham Design Trust, Michele Beint and Suffolk Traders’ Association Representative, Hope Howells. As well as the Education Manager from Cheltenham Festivals, Sharron Pearson, Cheltenham College council member, Kate Hickey and contractors from Spencer Mayes Ltd and Envirotech Ltd.

Andy Mitchell, Deputy Chief Executive of the Design and Technology Association, spoke about the importance of teaching and learning Design and Technology (D&T) in the modern world.

He said: “It is essential that schools are encouraged to invest in the teaching of Design and Technology just as Cheltenham College has.”

Addressing pupils he added: “Embarking on a career in engineering or one of the many design disciplines, will provide you with a wide range of opportunities to travel, design and build wonderful things and work with people all over the world to make it a better place in which to live.

“How exciting is that.”

He continued: “Cheltenham Prep clearly values the subject and the department’s facilities, coupled with the experience, expertise and commitment possessed by its staff are second to none.”

Jonathan Whybrow, Headmaster of Cheltenham Prep, said: “This fantastic new facility brings our pupils in touch with state-of-the-art designing and making techniques which are being used in industry.

“The fabric of our everyday lives is becoming increasingly dependent on simple, reliable and innovative design, so it is a pleasure to see Cheltenham Prep pupils becoming hands-on and honing the design skills of the future.

“I offer my thanks to the myriad of staff and contractors who worked to bring this creative space to life.”

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