Welcome to the Technology Department
The importance of design and technology
Design and technology prepares pupils to really be part of tomorrow’s rapidly changing technologies. They learn to think and intervene creatively to improve quality of life. The subject calls for pupils to become creative problem solvers, as individuals and members of a team.
They must look for needs, wants and opportunities and respond to them by developing a range of ideas and making products and systems. They combine practical skills with an understanding of social and environmental issues, how things look, how well things work and how industry designs and makes things. As they do so, they reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and effects.
Through design and technology, all pupils can become informed users of products, and become innovators.
‘Tell me and I forget – show me and I may remember let me do it, and I learn.’ Learning through making works! Prue Leith, Leith’s School of Food and Wine
Students address a visiting designer; Glen Tarr of Four Communications, Leicester Square
The design of an object defines its meaning and ultimately its utility. The nature of the connection between technology and people is determined by the designer. Jonathan Ive, Apple Computer
An understanding of the technical possibilities available, together with an interest in and sensitivity to use of language, gives you the confidence to express your design ideas. Freda Sack, Type Designer and Typographer, The Foundry
Design and technology is about making things that people want and that work well. Creating these things is hugely exciting: it is an inventive, fun activity. James Dyson, Chairman, Dyson Ltd
Head of Department: Mr R Samy