The Design Technology (DT) curriculum is taught through the medium of Resistant Materials and Product Design. We work with wood, metal and plastics. The working areas are sub-divided with each being very well equipped:
A design suite with networked computers and specialist Computer Aided Design (CAD) software
A general workshop with a wide range of hand tools
An industrial area with larger machinery
A metal workshop; with welding, sheet metal forming equipment
A Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM) area equipped with laser cutter, 3D router, vinyl cutter and a 3D printer
Design Technology is one of the most popular choices at both GCSE and A Level. DT Students produce design portfolios that lead them through the design process with the portfolios preparing them for the manufacture stage. The public examination results in the department are always extremely high and well above the national average, but more importantly the learning experiences are aimed at developing an inquisitive and enquiring approach to problem solving which lasts a lifetime.
Typical senior school design projects focus on real world problems such as the investigation of micro-hydroelectric power or the use of low energy cookers in the developing world.
Senior students are encouraged to develop their skills and use their study periods in the DT rooms.