Welcome to the Design and Technology department
At Bexley Grammar, we seek to encourage creativity, empathy and innovation in our students, through a user centred design and real world problem solving approach. All this is with a view to potential career paths in the ever increasing spheres of design, engineering and architecture, where the process of design has changed and developed greatly.
- Our KS3 schemes of work and year 9 projects prepare our students really well for the new specification Design and Technology and Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSEs.
- The GCSEs in Design and Technology and Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE then lead extremely well into IB Design and Technology and IB Sports, Exercise & Health respectively.
In recent years, many of our pupils have received awards and commendations and every year our students’ work is celebrated in one way or another. Recently some of our KS4 students won the Starbucks Challenge by designing a regeneration project which involved the use of solar power and wind turbines and another won the annual Arkwright prize for design and technology.
As a department, we have a very good reputation for promoting Design and Technology within the school and in supporting local schools in their delivery of the subject, and have a particular link to the science department who are also a STEM subject (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and so jointly run a STEM club as an enrichment.
As well as highly qualified staff we benefit from having excellent facilities and equipment, with two Food rooms, two large workshops and an additional design studio which is equipped with higher spec PCs and design software, electronics equipment and work benches making it ideally suited to ongoing product design and development.
We are fortunate enough to be able to utilise centre and wood lathes, laser cutters, vacuum forming equipment, a brazing hearth and crucible, multiple saws, drills and every piece of equipment required to develop an in depth understanding of processing techniques and manufacturing systems. We see this as crucial in order for students to develop exciting and feasible projects that are well thought out, planned, manufactured and presented and we feel that our expertise and facilities enable our students to develop commercially viable user centred designs and IB projects that can attract the very best marks available.