A cohort of Year 7 students were invited to participate in a Joinery class run by Mr Clarke. The aim of the project is for the students to learn some basic joinery skills and then put them to good use on several larger projects in the future.

Students are learning to use hand tools, how to mark out wood correctly, safety whilst using tools and making various types of wooden joints.

Their first bigger project will be to make a scaled down wooden house, complete with a roof and working door with all the fittings. This project is going to be long term and will carry on next year when the students are in Year 8.

Before arriving at Mount St Mary’s in 2008, Mr Clarke spent ten years working as a joiner and is now passing on his skills to students.