Pupils have access to the Design Department throughout the week in the afternoon and evening to undertake projects, either of their own or to work on their coursework. Many pupils use this extra time as it can enable them to produce very ambitious and exciting projects, as well as receive additional support. Sixth Form pupils are also expected to use access to the department during their study periods.
We run a Year 7 and 8 Lunchtime Club, where pupils undertake exciting group work, which have included a wide variety of projects. Last year’s cohort completed the design and production of a stress laminated bridge to span the beck outside the department.
We enter the annual Rotary Technology Tournament, which is open to KS3, 4 and 5. This is a national challenge which pupils are always very eager to participate in and we have been awarded numerous trophies in recent years. Sixth Form pupils benefit from educational trips to local businesses to learn about both design and production techniques. Sixth Form pupils also attend the UCAS ‘Design Your Future Fair’ in Manchester to learn about further educational opportunities and help them plan for their further education and UCAS applications. They also visit the Design Museum, Royal College of Art end of year Degree Show, the Victoria and Albert Museum and Science Museum.
A very high proportion of OGs work in design related fields and the department runs a series of OG lectures and visits to help pupils understand and appreciate the opportunities and diverse career paths.
The department, whenever possible, supports pupils with work experience opportunities. Recent examples of this have been working for an architecture firm and a renowned designer maker.