Studying Design Technology helps pupils to understand the man-made environment around them, and stimulates and informs them about future needs for sustainability.

The Design, Engineering and Technology department is a unique environment that allows pupils to flourish in a way that is very different to the classroom. The department is proud of its ability to enable pupils to creatively problem-solve their own individual projects. We achieve this through a series of design briefs with individual outcomes that progress in complexity over the course of the curriculum.

The pupils learn basic artisan skills in the lower years, which are important stepping stones as they progress to the computer run equipment, such as the CAD/CAM laser cutters, CNC milling machine and lathe, 3D printer and computerised plasma cutter. The department is open to all pupils who might want to work on an EPQ Projects or attend a voluntary programme, even those not studying DT.

As part of the new devlopment at SciTec, the department's facilities have recently been extended and exhaustively refurbished, and now host the very latest technologies and concepts. A new design laboratory for prototyping and design work has been created, acoustically segregated from the practical facilities, and an adjacent ‘clean laboratory' enables high-tech processes such as 3D printing and robotics.

Four open-plan workshop bays enable pupils to be taught in small groups whilst sharing fixed machinery, and two dedicated classrooms for design and theory are easily accessible from the workshops.

There are many opportunities beyond the curriculum, including STEM visits to Aston Martin. Visiting lecturers have included Tim Burton from SH Structures on the building of the Kelpies, and Glenn Moorley from Zaha Hadid Architects.

The department regularly has pupils gain Arkwright Scholarships and Gold Crest Engineering Awards which help team building skills, and pupils have been shortlisted for the London Museum of Design Awards. Pupils who study Design Technology progress to a range of university subjects from architecture and material science to Oxbridge engineering.

Mr JM Baker
Head of Department