Pupils learn to flex their creativity and imagination, to experiment with materials and devise practical solutions to real-world problems.
Design Technology (DT) teaches pupils to explore creative processes by devising and producing three-dimensional items to the highest standards. Pupils are encouraged to identify problems and develop solutions, to use design ingenuity, practical skills and technical application to manipulate a range of materials.
DT is taught predominately through practical project work.
Pupils have complete freedom to choose any materials for their projects, to experiment with novel techniques, and to explore the possibilities of technology. In the award-winning Leonardo Centre, they have access to the very best resources, workspaces, tools and tuition to support their development as independent creative practitioners.
Pupils learn the creative design skills of initialising and developing a concept, solving problems and matching resources to intention – taking into account factors such as the needs of the user, manufacturing constraints and sustainability. Hand-in-hand with this, pupils gain practical experience of a wide range of hand and machine processes. They develop an understanding of the capabilities of different materials and how they can be manipulated – with an emphasis on accuracy and high-quality craftsmanship.
All first year (Fourth Form) pupils take DT. At IGCSE, we offer Resistant Materials, while in the Sixth Form we offer a Pre-U course in Art and Design. Both of these courses involve drawing, modelling and prototyping using wood, metal, plastics and a range of fabrics. Pupils gain skills in using Computer Aided Design (CAD), alongside 3D printing and laser cutting. Coursework is supported by visits to manufacturers, exhibitions, seminars and competitions.
DT qualifications can lead to a variety of higher education courses in creative design, architecture, engineering and business-related disciplines.
Rubbing shoulders with Art, much of the work of the DT department extends beyond lesson times into extra-curricular sessions. Here, pupils can develop their own personal projects in the inspirational and well-equipped environment of the Leonardo Centre. Recently pupils have been involved with the Rotary Club design competition and the Arkwright Scholarship.