It has been a strange few weeks for everyone. Life has certainly taken on a different form but one thing we can celebrate is the BCS spirit – ‘individually strong, unbreakable as one’. The School has continued to remain open for families of Key Workers, supporting them as they go to work on the front line to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.

With many of our parents working at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital close by, as well as other hospitals across the Midlands, we have also heard first hand some of the experiences of our NHS Heroes. It has really brought home the sacrifice they are making to keep us safe.

Mrs Lynn, Head of Design & Technology and her daughter Sophie, an ex-pupil and now working as a nurse at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, came up with an appeal to the school community to join in a special sewing project. And so it was, that the Blue Coat family have joined the nation’s sewers to help our NHS Heroes.

Many NHS staff are having to bring their worn uniforms home and have found material bags really useful in order to prevent the spread of infection. They put their uniforms in them, then they go straight into the washing machine. Mrs Lynn’s army of sewing bees have been making laundry bags and to date, they have cut out 220 bags and 110 have already been sewn and dispatched to NHS workers. We are grateful to the School’s DT supplier, KBT Fabric in Saltley, who has donated several hundred metres of fabric.

Mrs Lynn has been overwhelmed with the support she has received from parents, grandparents, former pupils and staff, it has been a real team effort – THANK YOU!

We obviously don’t want to encourage any unnecessary travel to school so the post has been ideal as the material is lightweight. Mrs Lynn can send pre-cut pieces to you for sewing or you can use duvet or pillow cases to make your own. Email: lynnjc@thebluecoatschool.com if you would like to be involved.