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Design and Technology

Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and engaging subject.

Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw upon disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.

Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of society. 

Design and technology is taught in a well-equipped department that features an extensive range of tools, processes and equipment available for students to explore in a safe and secure environment. The curriculum is constantly reviewed and adapted to ensure students experience a forward-thinking and engaging curriculum that will equip them for further study in the subject area. Moreover, it develops within them the confidence and thinking skills necessary to tackle a range of day-to-day and cross-curricular challenges.

The department offers both a GCSE and A Level in Design and Technology in addition to a broad range of co-curricular opportunities and STEM experiences. Year 11 students are also invited to apply for an Arkwright Scholarship, the aim being to encourage and stimulate high ability students to take up engineering or technological careers.