Design and technology
The Design and Technology Department operates from its own centre which has two large workshops with classrooms attached and a computer-design room.
Design and Technology is compulsory in the first three years and projects completed in those years are aimed to develop pupils' designing and making skills. These projects use the three main materials (woods, metals and plastics) and the main technologies (electronics, control, mechanisms, structures and materials technology). Each project allows students to interpret the design brief in their own way so that they can develop and demonstrate their particular talents. The first three years provide an excellent foundation for our GCSE Systems and Control course and for the IB Diploma Design and Technology course.
The department is very successful in attracting large numbers of pupils to study at GCSE and IBD level and very many of them go on to study engineering at university. In recent years pupils have successfully competed in national and international competitions (The Toyota Challenge and First Lego League Robotics competition, in which we were national champions in 2007) and we have recently built our first Greenpower electric vehicle. We have also gained a considerable number of highly prestigious Arkwright Scholarships and this success has had a significant impact on the number of boys who have been offered places on Oxbridge engineering courses.