Design and Technology

The word engineer can mean different things to different people; we like to see it as follows:

  • Ingenieur – German
  • Ingénieur – French
  • Ingeniero – Spanish
  • Ingegnere – Italian
  • 工程师 – Chinese
  • エンジニア – Japanese
  • Ingenuity – English
  • noun
  • the quality of being clever, original, and inventive

Design Technology and Engineering is about problem solving, making things better. We are committed to delivering a curriculum accessible to all. This will allow students to become self-motivated and confident learners, who can work independently and as part of a team. We aim to ensure that learners develop technical and practical competences as well as the wider skills valued by employers. Our main priority is for students to work as problem solvers and not being afraid of making mistakes. We hope our students will become responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.

Boys often learn best by ‘doing’ and we encourage them to experiment and take risks, in a safe and positive learning environment. This is achieved through imaginative teaching that embraces new technologies and resembles modern industrial processes, whilst retaining the best of traditional practices, by understanding materials and manufacturing processes the students are able to design realistic proposals that are still creative.  We have the desire to deliver a curriculum in which students are able to produce high quality outcomes.

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

Working in stimulating contexts that provide a range of opportunities and draw on the local ethos, community and wider world, students identify needs and opportunities. They respond with ideas, products and systems, challenging expectations where appropriate. They combine practical and intellectual skills with an understanding of aesthetic, technical, cultural, health, social, emotional, economic, industrial and environmental issues. As they do so, they evaluate present and past design and technology, and its uses and effects. Through design and technology students develop confidence in using practical skills and become discriminating users of products. They apply their creative thinking and learn to innovate.

In Years 7-9 (Key Stage 3) students tackle three projects each year using a range of materials to cover different areas of Design and Technology.  They make a range of products using different materials and a range of workshop tools and equipment.

Year 10 and 11 (Key Stage 4) students have a choice of options in Design and Technology, Resistant Materials or Systems and Control, both being GCSE’s.

Our facilities include recently upgraded workshops with a range of tools and equipment for students to use including industrial lathes, milling machines and pillar drills.  We also have a 3-d printer, laser cutter, CNC vinyl cutter and a table top CNC router.

During the courses students solve real problems by designing and making products with creativity and originality using a range of materials and techniques. They work with woods, metals and plastics to develop personal skills and knowledge of how the properties of these materials impact upon the modern world.

Design and Technology Overview