Design and Technology Department

Mr J Swart, Head of Department

Design and Technology is taught in a purpose-built workshop fully equipped to deliver the subject up to GCSE level. This is an advantage to the younger boys as it gives them access to a wide range of tools and equipment.

The subject is taught to all boys from Years 3 – 9 and is offered as an option at GCSE for Years 10 and 11.

DT for Year 3 – 9
Year 3 – 6 have a single period of DT each week and Years 7 – 9 have a double period. In these sessions we introduce the pupils to design processes. They tackle a range of projects, exploring different materials and techniques, and as a result build up a solid level of knowledge to equip them for studying design and technology at GCSE level.

GCSE DT (EDEXCEL- Resilient Materials)
Boys can study a GCSE in resistant materials technology, a course that encourages the practical learning of workshop and design skills and this is assessed through coursework projects (60%) and a final written examination (40%).

For their coursework, pupils are expected to select, design and make a project using either wood, metal, plastics or a combination of these materials.  Pupils are also required to produce a design folder communicating the development of their practical work using sketching, 3D modelling and computer modelling and final practical outcomes using the workshop skills that they have learnt through various practice projects.

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