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
  • 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, 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.

Our facilities include workshops with a range of hand 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.

Term 1 and 2 3 and 4 5 and 6
Year 7

Design and Technology

Funky Truck

An introduction to the workshop and design and technology.

Let there be light

A dark activated, colour changing mood light. The housing is laser cut.

To and Fro

Designing for a target market, including the use of CAD and the laser cutter.

Year 8

Design and Technology

Trendy Trophies

Designing and making a trophy to celebrate a personal achievement.

Race Ace

Team work to produce the furthest travelling racer, all using a fixed set of materials.


Camming it up

Using mechanisms to make an interesting animated toy.

Year 9

Design and Technology


Making a product with a purpose, using pewter to be cast into a mould.


Bring the noise

A fully functioning speaker housed in a laser cut housing.


Bobbing along

A child’s pull along toy including a cam mechanism to make it interesting.

Year 10

GCSE Design and Technology


In depth knowledge and understanding of woods and metals.

Learning about design and technology and our world, smart materials, composites and technical textiles, electronic systems and programmable components, mechanical components and devices, papers and boards, thermoforming and thermosetting polymers, natural synthetic, blended and mixed fibres and woven, non-woven and knitted textiles.

NEA (non-examined assessment)

Working on a context based problem set by the exam board using an iterative design model.

Year 11

GCSE Design and Technology






Exam Preparation   


Design and Technology Overview