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Design & Technology

The department has three large workshops and two multipurpose rooms with computers and CAM facilities. Each workshop is equipped to allow boys to work with a wide variety of resistant materials, together with specialist equipment for computer aided design, metal working equipment, aluminium casting, vacuum-forming polymers and extensive computer aided manufacture facilities.

Each pupil, during Years 7 and 8, will take a course in Design and Technology, following the requirements of the National Curriculum. Using a series of problem-solving projects, the boys are introduced to a variety of materials, processes, tools, components and technology, including mechanisms and CAD/CAM systems.

In Year 9, boys may opt to study either Resistant Materials or Graphic Products courses which build upon the skills learned in the first two years. These courses may be taken as GCSE options in Years 10 and 11. Boys wishing to study the subject at a higher level may choose an AS Product Design course in the Lower Sixth year. The department also contributes courses to the Well-Being and Enhancement and Enrichment programmes.