Mrs S Taylor BA (Hons.)- Head of Product Design
This is a very active department of two teachers and a full time technician, teaching Product Design up to GCSE and A’Level.
The department has a suite of three rooms, a full workshop for more resistant materials work, the second workshop is a multi material workshop and the last a computer suite for computer aided drawing amongst their work. Machinery and equipment includes a Computer Aided Router fully computer controlled from specialised software and small Computer Aided Vinyl Cutters.
Each year the department takes the sixth form groups to the University College, London to Design lectures especially designed for A Level Product Design students. Practicing Designers lead sessions on various aspects of being a designer, or on an aspect of coursework or theory. It is a Fascinating and informative day and very educational, especially when learning from practicing designers such as leading fashion designer Paul Smith.
The product Design Department regularly holds a ‘Technology/Science’ day for Year 9s in Product Design to spend a day in the two subjects completing a short time testing and experimenting with plastic in Science and then designing and making a small product with plastic during the rest of the day. This reinforces the interweaving of the subjects and the use of Science in Technology.
During Engineering week we are also working with Science in holding a ‘Challenge Day’ where Year 10 students will be given a brief and have to design, make and test the product on the day using limited materials identical to all teams.