Head of Department – Mr Rob Faulkner
Design Technology & Textiles Teachers:
Mr David Holmes
Ms Kate Bond
Mrs Karen Parker
Mr Dan Moore
Our Design and Technology Department has recently been recognised as a Centre of Excellence by Hobarts, one of the UK's leading retailers in high quality laser cutters and 3D printers. This is in recognition for the exemplary standard of work the pupils produce using laser processing and 3D printing technologies. Only 14 other schools in the UK have achieved this status.
DT offers an exciting range of design and make tasks undertaken by pupils in a large well equipped ICT and Graphics room, and a fully fitted practical workshop with a CAD/CAM designated area. We cover textile design, designing and making in resistant materials (woods, metals and plastic) and ICT using 2D and 3D design software, linking to industrial manufacturing processes using CAD/CAM. There is a well-used 3D printer, laser cutter and a range of milling and lathe machines. The department works closely with the Art Department, with Textiles located in the large, newly refurbished Art & Design Centre.
The pupils are encouraged to develop their design and practical skills and go on to study Product Design at GCSE and A Level. Product Design allows each student to focus on their strongest field, i.e. fashion design (textiles) or using resistant materials making a range of products.