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Design Technology

In Design Technology students develop an understanding of technology, engineering, and design. They learn about design movements through the 19th and 20th century and use the perspective they gain to design and develop products for the future.   

Teaching student’s knowledge and application of common design principles, empowering them to be creative and to push boundaries will develop a core understanding of how our built environment has developed. An understanding that, not only enables them to access a wide range of career opportunities but provides a solid platform for all to make informed decisions about the products they buy and the decisions they make in future life. 

The department has designed a broad curriculum which covers a wide range of materials, processes, principles, and historical moments that have helped shape modern day society and inform the future.   


In Year 7 we cover four main areas: technical knowledge and principles, enterprise and marketing, sustainability and appreciation of design, designers and design movements. 

In Year 8 the curriculum is centred on timber-based materials and joinery, 3D Design and marketing, upcycling and engineering, metals and designers. 

In Year 9 students continue to develop the four main areas in greater depth.  Students study electronic systems and components, marketing and presenting, sustainable design from architectural influences, design movements and timber-based materials. 


In Year 10 students gradually become more independent.  They use the knowledge and experiences from KS3 to develop their own design ideas and access GCSE specification with confidence.  Students combine materials from the five main groups use design principles, their knowledge of manufacturing processes and the work of other designers to solve contextual design problems.  Students become proficient in designing on computer as well as by hand and develop a wide range of modelling and making skills.  

Year 11 is focused on the Non-Examined Assessment project which is based around a context provided by the Exam Board.  Contexts change each year and students are expected to work independently to design and develop a product in response to it.  

In Design Technology we encourage students to become design literate, develop a deep understanding of new and emerging technologies and current trends in a wide range of design disciplines.  With a wealth of museums, engineering projects and architectural developments in London and around the country students have opportunities to visit and experience design in the real world.  Competitions, both national and in school are provided to give students access to ‘real-life design scenarios and industrial applications to further their understanding and appreciation of the impact design has on all of our lives.