This is an exciting time for the DT department as we are now a compulsory GCSE subject. Furthermore the recent new investments have opened up fresh possibilities and the potential to take teaching, learning and progress to a higher level within our department which already produces consistently strong results for our students.
Our dedicated and hardworking team believe that Design and Technology provides students with many valuable assets for their wider education. Students are actively engaged in the complete design process where they investigate design contexts, record findings, generate and explore design ideas, model and develop concepts, plan and make high quality prototype products then evaluate their success and potential for commercial production. This develops and embeds a wide range of educational skills, enabling students to express themselves creatively and to ‘think outside the box’ when faced with unforeseen challenges.
The creation of products from concept idea to finish is an extremely rewarding process which develops a sense of pride and ownership in their work. We have challenged ourselves to develop a curriculum that is robust, innovative and makes use of the industry standard technology available at Thorns to inspire the next generation of skilled confident creative individuals, and in the process create great memories and opportunities for future careers or further education.