This subject develops the skills and knowledge that children have already learnt at prep or primary school moving them into Product Design and Manufacturing. It leverages increasingly sophisticated resources, including dedicated teaching environments, manufacturing equipment and specialist teaching.
As pupils progress through this phase, they may be given the opportunity to focus on a range of design briefs where they explore a wide gamut of processes, tools and materials in order to realise workable solutions. However, at its core, is creativity and imagination. Pupils learn to design and make products that solve genuine, relevant problems within different contexts whilst considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. To do this effectively, they will acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on additional disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, ICT and art.
Product Design is a practical and valuable subject. It enables children and young people to actively contribute to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of themselves, their community and their nation. It teaches how to take risks and so become more resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable. Pupils develop a critical understanding of the impact of design on daily life and the wider world. Additionally, it provides excellent opportunities for students to develop and apply value judgements of an aesthetic, economic, moral, social, and technical nature both in their own designing and when evaluating the work of others.
Situated in the heart of school the Product Design & Manufacture suite boasts a very well appointed workshop, design studio and CAD/CAM facility staffed by experts who help to develop individual skills and understanding during lessons as well as delivering after school activities and specific support clinics. Recent personal projects include a wooden Surfboard, Quadcopter redesign and build, and a range of crafted presents as gifts. Department trips are varied but a recent trip to an automotive assembly line in Oxford enabled Sixth Form pupils to have first-hand experience of a wide range of topics that they study during their Product Design course.
For those that show real flair and interest and capability in the subject there are opportunities for a small number of individual scholarships available at 13+ and 16+ age groups.
Results are consistently good in line with the rest of school with pupils regularly heading on to Architecture, Engineering or Design based University courses and careers.