Notre Dame Sixth Form in Leeds using school workshops to make hundreds of PPE masks for care workers

Technology teachers at a Leeds sixth form college are making 150 face masks a day for careworkers to use during the coronavirus outbreak.

By Emma Ryan
Tuesday, 21st April 2020, 11:45 am
Updated Tuesday, 21st April 2020, 12:52 pm

While Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College has been closed to students, three members of staff from the design and technology department have donned their own personal protective equipment to go into the school workshops and make the masks.

They have so far sent out 400 masks and have had a request for 500 more.

The masks are generally being used by care homes or care workers but the school, based at St Mark's Avenue, says it is open to trying to meet requests from other places that need the PPE equipment.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

Staff at Headingley Nursing Home with the masks made by Notre Dame Sixth Form.

Making the masks are teacher, Ian Granger who is head of product design and has been at the school 16 years, product design teacher Carol Sheward and technician Shane Dolan. The idea came about after Mr Granger's wife, who works in the NHS, commented on the shortage and they noticed that other schools were doing similar things.

The masks are made using plastic sheets from school stocks that can be curved to fit around the face and a head strap to fasten them is then attached.

Continued Care, a home-care services firm in Harrogate and Green Acres Care Home, just outside the city centre, as well as Headingley Nursing Home, have benefited and a consignment has also been sent to the Integrated Community Reablement and Assessment Service (ICRAS) in Liverpool which helps to provide access to community and social care services across the city.

Richard Hall, the Marketing Manager at Notre Dame said: "Primarily it seems to be care homes at the minute that are taking us up but we are open to anyone who will find them suitable. Ian has said he will be busy for the next few weeks and the school is really proud of them for the work they are doing.

Teacher Carol Sheward at work.

"They are keeping a two metre social distance and following procedures and have their own PPE while they are making them. There is nobody else in the college."

A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this story on our website. These are challenging times but the team at the Yorkshire Evening Post need your support more than ever in the weeks ahead.

While I have your attention, I also have an important request to make of you. In order for us to continue to provide high quality and trusted local news on this free-to-read site, I am asking you - wherever possible and providing it is safe for you to do so - to also please purchase a copy of our newspaper.

Ian Granger and Carol Sheward making masks in the design and technology department workshops at Notre Dame College.

Inevitably falling advertising revenues will start to have an impact on local newspapers and the way we continue to work during this period of uncertainty. So the support of our readers has never been more important as we try to make sure that we keep you connected with the city you live in during this time. But being your eyes and ears comes at a price. We need your support more than ever to buy our newspapers during this crisis.

Our team of trusted reporters are working incredibly hard behind the scenes - from kitchen tables and spare bedrooms - to look at how we can do this and your continued support to the YEP will help to protect its viability in the days and weeks ahead.

For more details on our subscription offers please visit, email [email protected] or call us on 0330 4033004.

Thank you

Laura Collins


Read More

Read More
We're #ThereWithYou but now your YEP needs your support too - Laura Collins, YEP...