Head of Department - Mr D Currigan
The department is exceptionally well resourced and boast some of the best facilities in the country. They include design suites, a large workshop space and a variety of specialist teaching areas. All the teaching areas are equipped with up-to-date resources and machinery, which provide students with the opportunity to design and manufacture products to the highest possible standard.
The department aims to provide situations that encourage pupils to demonstrate their creativity and problem solving skills. Students are given the facility to demonstrate these skills through a variety of different tasks and projects. Students are introduced to the ‘design process’ which involves researching and analysing a need, developing a detailed specification, generating ideas, choosing and developing a viable solution, making a good quality product and evaluating the outcome. Junior School boys are provided with a broad range of design and making opportunities working with predominately wood, metal and plastics. The course aims to build the understanding of materials and their properties whilst giving students the opportunity to improve their practical skills and create quality products they can take home.
Students are then given the opportunity to continue the subject to examination level. Boys who opt for the GCSE will follow the Edexcel Design and Technology Resistant Materials course and at A-level students study the Edexcel Product Design course.
In addition to the curriculum the department offers a variety of different clubs and societies including; Dalek building, Rockets / Aero club, Wargames and the highly successful Trinity Racing Team.
Design and Technology is embedded into the STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Maths) subjects and provides an excellent foundation for students who go onto University to study Product Design, Engineering, Architecture and a variety of other design based courses.