Students gain first-hand experience of a variety of materials and skills from welding to casting, screw cutting to CAM work.
There are many more examples of projects to view on the website.
Instead of using Wood, Metal and Plastics the pupils use modelling materials like card, quality paper, ribbon, glitters and foamboard to create projects such as packaging, point of sale displays, interior or shop front models, promotion literature and Web design.
Pupils produce an electronic design folder with added hand generated drawings which incorporates many different skills.
These vary from practical tasks, to rendering and sketching skills and using CAD/CAM.
The exams are primarily based on the pupil’s knowledge of materials combined with sketched responses to simple design problems.Design and Technology ~ Product Design: with a Resistant Materials pathway Students gain much satisfaction and a real sense of achievement from this area.They identify a need and then make a fully working prototype utilising a range of appropriate materials within the same project.This year's GCSE coursework shows the diversity of projects highlights the high level of achievement again.Design and Technology – Product Design (Resistant Materials pathway) Design and Technology – Product Design (Graphics pathway) Design and Technology – Design Engineering (similar to the old Systems and Control qualification) Coursework is now 50% of the qualification, and 50% examination, reflecting an increased focus on examined content but still enabling students to design, make and evaluate creative products.Students will be taught the importance of key historic movements and the impact key figures have on modern design thinking and how designers from the past provide inspiration for present and future designing.It is increasingly important that students develop an awareness of wider issues in design and technology, that design and technological activities can have a profound impact on the environment and on society and that these, together with sustainability, are key features of design and manufacturing practice.The course teaches the use of ‘Adobe In Design 5.5’, ‘Photoshop’ and ‘CAD software to produce the design folder, which must accompany their practical work.Design and Technology ~ Design Engineering This is focused towards engineered and electronic products and systems; the analysis of these in respect of function, operation, components and materials, in order to understand their application and uses in engineered products/systems that have commercial viability.The school is regularly commended nationally for the high levels it achieves with both the practical and design folder elements of these courses.Students will learn how to apply knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials; including modern and smart materials, and processes used in product design and manufacture.