Design and Technology
The Design and Technology Department aims to prepare pupils to participate in a world of rapidly changing technologies and to encourage them to think and intervene creatively to improve quality of life. The subject is offered as a GCSE, but we strive to offer a learning experience beyond the requirements of the curriculum needed to pass public examinations and encourage pupils to explore their own personal approach to design.
Emphasis is placed on thinking skills, which can be transferable to a wide range of subject areas and life experiences. Design and Technology staff support pupils in becoming autonomous and creative problem solvers, and working constructively as members of a team. They must look for needs, wants and opportunities, and respond to these by developing a range of ideas in making products and systems.
Pupils are taught to combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental issues, function and industrial practices. As they do so, they reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and effects. Through their study of Design and Technology all pupils can become innovators as well as discriminating and informed users of products.
The Design and Technology Department often works closely with other curriculum areas like Science, Mathematics, Art and Design, Geography and so on.
We offer a range of Co-curricular clubs and activities which include instrument making and collaboration with other subject areas such as the Classics Department to make items as diverse as a working Roman trebuchet and a Trojan horse capable of concealing a pupil.
Design and Technology provides grounding for many designed-related professions. IPS pupils who have studied the subject have gone on to pursue Higher Education courses in architecture as well engineering fields.