The Knights Templar School in Baldock opened its doors in September 1939 with 182 local and evacuee children on the roll. Today it is a modern, government funded academy serving 1300 students. It is consistently rated amongst the top 10 schools in the UK and the core curriculum and after-school clubs provide a strong focus on STEAM subject areas.
Earlier this year, Knights Templar took delivery of a range of trolleys, complete with storage trays, from Gratnells - the leading UK manufacturer of school storage equipment. Part of the Gratnells Maker family of products, the trolleys are designed to respond to the growing trend for collaborative ways of working across the whole of the STEAM spectrum. The school acquired a selection of trolleys, including a double column and a treble column Callero Plus, a Rover, a MakerHub and a MakerSpace.
The treble column Callero Plus is put to good use in D&T, where the extra storage is used, along with labelled trays, to organise tools and other resources by year group. The double Callero Plus trolley can be found in Food Preparation and Nutrition classes and is used with translucent trays for easier identification of contents.
Textiles classes make use of both the MakerSpace and MakerHub trolleys. The MakerHub serves as a collaboration space where students can exchange ideas and discuss solutions. When the interchangeable whiteboards of the MakerHub are not needed, the trolley doubles up as a hanging space for prototype garments. Tray storage in the base unit contains both tools and fabric samples.
The MakerSpace trolley has proved to be a great addition to classes. It provides a mix of storage options with mini bins to store small parts, hooks for hanging objects and tray storage for larger items. Its sturdy work surface can cope with heavy items and the backboard has a handy cable tidy feature to avoid trailing wires.
Thanks to its manoeuvrability, the Rover trolley is used to transport resources across several departments but it is particularly valued in D & T, where resources can quickly be loaded up from a central storage area and delivered to individual work benches with ease.