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Behind the Prep Room Door at Stour Valley Community School

Behind the Prep Room Door at Stour Valley Community 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 Science Technician Shannon Smith from Stour Valley Community School, a small secondary school based in the countryside of Suffolk, East Anglia!


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

Small, tidy, compact and lots of storage – (we have this twice and a part of a storage cupboard)

What is your favourite part of your prep room?

My massive desk area in the middle of the prep room as this gives me the space to prepare, sort and tidy away.

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

It would be nice to have new chemical cupboards, we have had ventilation but not sure it’s the correct one.

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

Make the room bigger to allow some extra space and more trolleys too. You can never have enough of them!

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

Make it work for you – when I started, it was a mess and very unorganised so after a tidy and a clean with a stocktake, I knew where everything was.


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

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