Design & Technology
Design and Technology is a creative process, involving the application of knowledge and skills through the designing and making of products. It is a subject where elegant ideas lead to products of flair and creativity. Students combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make product that meet human needs. The Creative Faculty vision empowers students to be responsible, self-directed, and adaptable learners.
The school currently boasts a large spacious DT workshop fully equipped to promote insight into the design process, and to develop essential design skills. A good balance is maintained between traditional handwork skills and the use of computers to design and manufacture. Students learn to make effective use of the latest CAM technology including a laser cutter, a CNC router, a vinyl cutter and 3D printers.
Combined with our range of modern computer controlled machines for routing, milling and turning and utilising more traditional skills in wood materials and plastics, students learn practical skills through collaboration, communication and reflection. Students are taught Food Technology in a well-equipped Food Technology Studio and gain an understanding of different cooking techniques and food safety.
Design plays a key role in today's society. Individuals, companies and nations are affected at every level by the work of designers, not only in industry but in all aspects of professional and everyday life. The department's philosophy embraces the need to equip all pupils for the world in which they will live and work, as well as the particular needs of those who will eventually pursue careers in Design.