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Design Technology

Design Technology plays an important part in our everyday lives (everything has been designed!) and at King Edward's we have a wide range of facilities to allow pupils of all ages to explore the subject.

The department is housed in a spacious building with a suite of multi-media workshops, a CAD suite and teaching rooms.  Processes used by pupils are similar to those used by, and experienced, in the industry.

Lower School pupils experience Design Technology as part of their core curriculum and the basic skills of all disciplines are taught in realistic problem-solving situations. Pupils are introduced to the design process, learn drawing and modelling techniques, workshop safety, and then make projects generally in wood, plastic, and metal, using hand and power tools and sometimes Computer Aided Design and Manufacture (CADCAM). 

In the 3rd Form, pupils build on this and study certain aspects of the GCSE specification in order to prepare them if they choose DT for their GCSE studies. 

During the GCSE years and beyond, pupils experience focused practical tasks, and larger design and make tasks of their own choosing, in order to develop their problem-solving skills, along with the associated theory. 

There is ample opportunity for pupils to enrich their studies, catch up on their project work, repair things or make props to support Drama or their other subjects during lunch and after school. There are also after school DT clubs as part of the School’s activity program.  Additionally, some pupils are currently engaged with a body conversion of a Suzuki 4WD into a roadster, having previously converted a petrol kit car to electric power.