Head of Department:  Miss J Wright

Teachers:  Ms A Gould  |  Miss C Penson

The Design and Technology Department at The Tiffin Girls’ School is a vibrant and growing department that sits alongside art, music and drama as the creative heart of the school. Our aim is to inspire students to be inventive, inquisitive and to take risks. We equip students with a broad range of practical skills while challenging their creativity and problem-solving skills.

Through practical projects, students use materials and techniques to create functional solutions to a given theme while discussing wider issues such as ecology, economics, cultural differences and social responsibility. We forge relationships with industry partners and external speakers - ours is a subject that truly integrates classroom learning with the worlds of industry, technology and design.

Lower school students learn to research, develop and communicate ideas through sketching, then planning and making a final product. They manipulate materials such as wood, metal, plastics and textiles both by hand and by using computer aided design and manufacturing techniques. Upper school students use this foundation to research, design and provide solutions to individual design briefs which address a genuine need or problem.
Students have the opportunity to apply for an Arkwright Scholarship, providing a window into the worlds of science, technology and engineering.
Design and Technology prepares its students to participate in tomorrow's rapidly changing world. Students learn to think creatively and solve problems as individuals and as part of a team. Students respond to needs by developing a range of design ideas, making products and systems, and building up a range of practical skills. Through design and technology, students become informed users of products and become innovators.

"All men are designers. All that we do, almost all the time, is design, for design is basic to all human activity. The planning and patterning of any act toward a desired, foreseeable end constitutes the design process. Any attempt to separate design, to make it a thing-by-itself, works counter to the fact that design is the primary underlying matrix of life. Design is composing an epic poem, executing a mural, painting a masterpiece, writing a concerto. But design is also cleaning and reorganising a desk drawer, pulling an impacted tooth, baking an apple pie... and educating a child."
Victor Papanek