The aim of design and technology is to provide students with the opportunity to combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs.
To design is much more than simply to assemble, to order or even to edit: it is to add value and meaning, to illuminate, to simplify, to clarify, to modify, to dignify, to dramatise, to persuade and perhaps even to amuse.”
– Paul Rand
Students are taught to use new technologies and the impact of future technological developments. Students learn to think creatively and intervene to improve the quality of life, solving problems both as individuals and as members of a team.
We develop well planned schemes of work, which facilitate:
- development of key skills in design
- development of key skills in practical processes
- AFL (Assessment for Learning)
- peer and self assessment
- access to a wide range of experiences
- promote an appreciation and understanding of form and function of products
- self study techniques
- success in academic qualifications
We offer focused extra curricular activities that promote an understanding of science, technology, engineering and maths and develop key skills.
Students also have the opportunity to:
- take part in science, technology, engineering and maths competitions with other schools
- meet visiting professionals from industry
- work with external companies and the community on real design briefs
- qualify for an Arkwright Scholarship
- participate in relevant educational visits
The first term of key stage 3 is spent acquiring skills in all the areas of technology. Students then follow a carousel of six projects, loosely based on the key areas of design and technology (electronics, food, graphics, resistant materials and textiles) following the basic concepts of ‘mainly making, mainly designing and mainly thinking’. At the end of year 8, students opt for specific subjects to follow in more depth in year 9. All students opt for three of six courses: electronics, engineering, food, graphics, resistant materials, textiles. At week 30 in year 9, students opt for the course that they wish to follow at level 2.