Design Technology

Design Technology is taught in all year groups up to Key Stage 3 and ‘Resistant Materials’ is offered as an option for GCSE.

The workshop is equipped with a number of machines including band and scroll saws, pillar drills, sanding machines and a wood turning lathe.  The pupils use a range of materials from timber and acrylic, through to pewter and glass. The pupils are given a practical understanding of these materials through the production of high quality, original and creative solutions to the projects set by the Department. They are taught a variety of skills including the correct and safe use of tools and machinery ensuring that they have a comprehensive understanding of Health and Safety issues.

GCSE

In Year 10 and 11 the pupils undertake the AQA course in Resistant Materials. A series of varying design challenges are set throughout the two year course, combining theoretical understanding with practical application. This allows the pupils to develop and enhance the skills that they will need for their final examined ‘design and manufacture’ controlled assessment project. For this project the student fabricates a finished product and produces a design portfolio to accompany the piece addressing issues such as material suitability, consumer demand, structural integrity and aesthetics. Sustainability and awareness of environmental impacts are key issues that have to be considered. Use of technology is actively encouraged with cross curricula application including Information and Creative Technology and Art. Examples of projects undertaken at GCSE include tables, storage boxes, children’s toys and musical instruments. Over the last 3 years the vast majority of students have attained a Grade A or B with one candidate gaining a Grade A one year early in Year 10.