Nick Gibb MP was the Guest of Honour at the official opening of the New Design and Engineering Centre at The John Warner School. The Centre comprises of a suite of four rooms two of which are dedicated to electronic engineering and two design rooms. The Headteacher said that this was a ‘red letter day’ in the history of the school and in particular the Faculty of Art, Design and Technology. Electronic Engineering and Design are growth areas for us and I was very pleased that the Minister was able to meet so many students who were so obviously enthused by the new facilities and equipment. The minister, who spent two hours at the school, had a chance to meet and talk with students.
As part of the opening ceremony the PTA presented the school with a cheque for £10,000 to support the Centre and the Headteacher thanked them for all their efforts in fund raising which were so vital.
Joining the students and the Minister on this day were Charles Walker, MP and over 60 guests from the Herts Chamber of Commerce, local electronics industry and from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers Prof Richard Folkson.
Chief among those was the sponsor of the Centre Philip Mayo, Director and Founder of Premier EDA Solutions Limited.
The Head also specifically thanked all of the volunteer engineers who give up their own time to come and mentor and assist the students, particularly with the robotics.
Also joining the students were guests from the University of Hertfordshire Prof Reza Sotudeh, Dean of School of Engineering and Prof Ian Campbell Deputy Vice-Chancellor.