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.

We pride ourselves in Design and Technology on preparing students for the future and giving them the skills needed to progress through life in whatever career path they take. The problem-solving skills delivered by practical application of learning enables students to solve issues in real lime and adapt to changing circumstances whenever it is needed.

Our goal in the Design and Technology department is to equip students with the skills that can be called on in many other areas of life and help them to become a more holistic, health and adaptable member of society.

Term 2 has been a period of innovation within the Design and Technology department, with students across all year groups embracing new design challenges to craft increasingly captivating and imaginative products. It has proven to be a bustling term, with students undertaking projects spanning three primary material categories: wood, metal, and polymers.

In particular, our Year 7 cohort recently concluded their project on crafting decorative pewter keyrings, delving into the principles and practice of metalwork. Students honed various skills including CAD design, metal heating, pouring (casting), and the development of commercial-grade packaging for their final products.

Meanwhile, Year 8 students embarked on the design and production of acrylic clocks, showcasing a range of abilities related to cutting, shaping, and molding plastics. The results were truly remarkable, underscoring the students' commitment to achieving excellence in their finished pieces.

Moving on to our Year 9 students, they delved into the theory and techniques associated with working with timber, focusing on crafting traditional wooden toys. Exploring diverse timber varieties and their geographical origins, students incorporated mechanisms such as CAMS to introduce dynamic movement into their creations.