Design and Technology

Design and Technology at King’s High focusses on Product Design activities. It enables pupils to engage with problem solving and applying information and ideas from other areas of the curriculum to their project work. Through enjoyable creative tasks, pupils are encouraged to combine personal expression with functional design requirements. The acquisition of practical skills in a broad range of media includes the use of new technologies and computer aided design and manufacture underpins many of the girls’ design activities. 

Through wide-ranging practical activities, they learn to confidently select and use appropriate tools, equipment or processes and to gain an appreciation of the differing characteristics and properties of materials. Educational visits, guest speakers and participation in a range of events and competitions enable pupils to stretch themselves and gain insights into the work of key practitioners.

All pupils study Design Technology in KS3 where they benefit from particularly close links with the Art Department. The AQA Product Design course is a popular choice at GCSE, with pupils increasingly aware of its valuable links with science, architecture and engineering. The relatively small but dedicated number of A Level students combine this choice with wide-ranging disciplines, forming links, and supporting their work in sciences, arts and humanities.