Teachers and pupils scoured the cupboards of Westgate School in Cippenham Lane - looking for potentially life saving materials to help fight the Coronavirus.

They were after polypropylene folders and acetate - once used for chemistry experiments.

But now they are the best way to make protective masks that can prove the difference between life and death for frontline NHS workers.

The school's head of technology Jenny Edwards got down to work at once and with the help of the handful at students still attending school delivered the first batch to Wexham Park Hospital.

Word spread and soon the cupboards were raided again to help produce 300 goggles, three cases of gloves, 500 P2 grade face masks and three rolls of plastic aprons.

Materials were used up very quickly, so school careers leader Karen Green rallied her contacts on LinkedIn and Slough Business Community Partnership to source donations of acetate. She soon got a call from the Karl Storz Endoscopy company which had 200 sheets ready for collection. This meant that 200 new masks made could be delivered to Slough Council for Voluntary Service the very next day.

Donations from Run Print Run, John Crane and Alumni students including Suman Krishan soon led to another 650 visors being delivered and there are enough materials to make 400 more.

Ms Edwards said “I knew that there must be a way that we could use our technology to support the NHS and now that we are being asked for them directly by the care homes too, we are making visors to order. I am so happy to have made a difference to the key workers.”