Design and Technology at Blundell's
At Blundell’s School Design and Technology is taught as a compulsory subject to years 7, 8 and 9. At year 10 students can opt for a choice of two OCR GCSE’s; Resistant Materials or Graphic Products. In Year 12 either of these two courses progress naturally into AS and A2 Product Design (AQA). GCSE groups are typically between 10 and 15 students and at AS/A2 ranging between 5 and 12. The department has excellent exam results and these, along with details of all the courses offered, can be viewed by clicking on the relevant tabs at the top of this page.
In the past the department has had a traditional Cabinet making background and regularly produced fine pieces of hardwood furniture, and this is still the case. However the department is rapidly evolving to keep up with modern technology and manufacturing methods and as a result the projects undertaken by students now have a much greater diversity. We have a large computer suite with both 2D and 3D CAD (Computer Aided Design) software and two CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) machines. Full details of the department’s facilities can be viewed in the facilities tab at the top of this page.
Projects within the department are realized in our very well-equipped workshops which include a multi media area and new welding area and spray booth facilities. We are able to work in a full range of materials including wood, metal, plastic and composites. The department is now also starting to attract more girls and this is something that both the department and future employers are hoping to encourage.
All design projects at GCSE and AS/A2 are chosen by the students, and we are proud to let the students be as creative as possible within the time frame allowed by the examining boards. Where some schools are very prescriptive about the project choice we are very far greater flexibility and students can therefore pursue their own individual interests with enthusiasm and drive.
The DT department is also the home to several activities where students are able to pursue extra-curricular interests. Mr Wheatley and Pilbo have particular interests in furniture design, traditional wood and metal working skills and DT related hobbies and the Technician, Mr Bowden is an expert in cars and the department has a Mini which is currently being restored by pupils in activities sessions. Other recent activities have included making grandfather clocks and kite buggies. All members of staff are also happy to accommodate the individual interests of the students in activity time.