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Behind the Prep Room Door at Baysgarth School

Behind the Prep Room Door at Baysgarth School

In this series, we unlock the door to the science department’s concealed treasure, as science technicians across the UK and Ireland reveal their preparations, setup, and valuable techniques for an efficient prep room.


This month’s prep room is proudly showcased by Senior Science Technician Shelley Fell-Bowers from Baysgarth School, based in Barton-upon-Humber! Founded in 1975, the school has been proudly serving the communities of Barton-upon-Humber and the surrounding villages for almost half a century. Baysgarth has undergone a complete transformation, progressing from the second-worst results in the Local Authority in 2014, to one of the top schools in the Humber region, consistently performing in the top 5% of schools nationally.

“We were fortunate enough to open our newly built school in 2017. With millions of pounds of investment in the site over the last decade, Baysgarth boasts state-of-the-art classrooms, fantastic IT facilities, and an unrivalled on-site Sports Village, including a skate park and dance studio, along with our Headway Alternative Provision Unit.”

How would you describe your prep room set-up and layout?

We are very lucky to have a well-resourced and modern Prep Lab supplying 9 classroom laboratories. Everything is stored in a Gratnell racking system, using labelled aisles. We also have a separate, adjacent chemical store. We have rolling trolleys for electrical equipment, microscopes, ripple tanks, and speed velocity equipment, which means the whole trolley can just be moved into whichever classroom is needed. We have a large range of models and equipment and have pre-prepared trays for regular experiments such as exploding cans, Leslie’s Cube, and Flame Tests. This ensures that for these experiments there is literally a grab-and-go tray with everything needed for that experiment. We regularly photocopy and laminate key resources, such as AQA Engage Topics, to provide reusable off-the-shelf kits for teachers. Overall, I think we are pretty organised!

What is your favourite part of your prep room?

Our chemical store, everything is stored correctly, monitored monthly and its always tidy.

What is needing some TLC or improvement in your prep room?

Our worktops are in need replacing, I’m afraid they are a bit worse for wear! We could also use some additional worktop space.

With that in mind, what would you add to your prep room if you had an unlimited budget?

A new dishwasher and a glass-wear drying cabinet OR a new tall glass front fridge/freezer…

What is your top tip, advice, or essential must-have for someone setting up or inheriting a prep room?

My job is made much easier by using an on-line experiment requisition form. The jobs are collated and come straight to my computer. I print them off into the Practicals Day Book, which makes managing the experiments very straight forward throughout the day.


Thanks Shelley, for sharing with us your amazing prep room, tips and set up!

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