Welcome to the Technology Department
Our vision is that through the enthusiastic and committed teaching of Design and Technology and Food preparation and nutrition, our students will learn how to: manage and control risks, work safely with a variety of tools and materials, become resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. By taking part in an inspiring and rigorous practical subject, we hope that the children will use their creativity, imagination and social interaction skills to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems in a variety of contexts – understanding the processes involved from planning through making to evaluation and refinement. During the teaching of design and technology and food preparation and nutrition, a wide range of new skills will be acquired and the knowledge of other subjects, such as Mathematics, science, engineering, ICT and art, will be drawn upon and applied.
We have nine specialist rooms spread over the urban campus. They include; design suites, computer suites, workshops, kitchens, food garden, and a 3D HUB. We pride ourselves on delivering a curriculum that nurtures creativity and supports independent student learning. Our students enjoy extra curricular clubs, entering national competition, university visits and teaching from seven talented and committed members of staff. Our students have had national competition success in KS4 and KS5 in product design through the makeIT competitions and in KS3 our students have won awards in the Thanet earth cookery competition.
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We are proud to be a Create Education 3D HUB. We run thirteen 3D printers, 3D scanners, 3D routers, and a wazer water jet cutter. We also use Solidworks as our CAD designing tool. Our 3D HUB coordinator is an undergraduate university placement student facilitating the printing of parts for students, other schools, companies, and national 3D printing projects. Hornby and Plymouth marine laboratory are two examples of the companies we work closely with.
Competition and departmental extra curricular clubs.
Junior school departmental clubs
- The STEM First Lego League club, supported by sixth form students, and delivered in (DT1). We run a number of EV3 and NX2 generation teams in year seven, eight, and nine. http://www.firstlegoleague.org/challenge/2014fllworldclass
- Gardening Club is delivered to key stage 3 to encourage sustainability and growing your own produce. Delivered in the Kitchen garden on our KS3 site.
Senior school departmental clubs
- Product Design CLUB runs weekly. This club allows students to access the department’s practical, CAD, and CAM facilities. The club is aimed at year ten, eleven, twelve, and thirteen students. Having the sixth form working along side GSCE students supports a mentor/mentee and challenge environment. Staff are available during product design club for students to access help and advice.