Design and Technology
All pupils in the Lower School (Years 7 and 8) are taught two terms of Design and Technology and one term of Food Preparation and Nutrition in a carousel arrangement.
Projects in the Lower School provide students with the skills in product design and manufacture to allow them a pathway to GCSE. Projects use varied contextual challenges thereby allowing students to develop their creativity and bring a sense of personality to their designing. Whilst manufacturing, students will learn the necessary skills to utilise CAD/CAM in their work.
The A Level Product Design course combines theory and practice leading to an understanding of the entire design process including choice of materials, commercial viability, sustainability etc.
The Design and Technology department is housed in an impressive purpose-built facility on the main school site. The design room has computers and an interactive whiteboard and there is access to three suites of computers in adjoining classrooms. The workshops are set up to cater for wood, metalwork and plastic. In addition to the traditional tools and machinery the department boasts a Laser Cutter, 3D Printer and CNC Router which enable students to manufacture their products to a very high standard.
Weekly clubs allow students the opportunity to further develop their design ideas beyond the school curriculum.