Technology

Design and technology prepares students to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing technologies. They learn to think and intervene creatively to improve quality of life.

19024_0561bThe subject calls for students to become autonomous and creative problem solvers, as individuals and members of a team. They must look for needs, wants and opportunities and respond to them by developing a range of ideas and making products and systems. They combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental issues, function and industrial practices. As they do so they reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and effects. Through design and technology, all students can become discriminating and informed users of products, and become innovators.

Within design and technology students are able to participate in a number of events, often as representatives of the School. During Year 9, all students participate in the Journey to Enterprise project, where they run a small manufacturing company producing craft goods to be sold at the Christkindlemarkt (Christmas Market) held in December.

During Key Stage 3, students work in a range of material areas, following the main principles of the design process. As they progress through each project the range of skills, equipment and processes increase in challenge and rigour. When they near the end of Year 8 and need to decide upon their options for GCSE, they are able to reflect upon the various successes in each of the material areas and decide upon their preferred choice. Students are able to work in the following areas of GCSE design and technology: Textiles Technology, Resistant Materials, Product Design and Catering.

Design Technology Room

Design Technology Room