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Design Technology

The Design and Technology department at The Tiffin Girls’ School aims to inspire students to be inquisitive, innovative, inventive and to take risks.

We are dedicated to developing critical and versatile thinkers who will in turn become responsible designers and citizens. Throughout all key stages students develop their skills in research analysis, idea generation, idea development, planning, manufacturing and evaluation. Project briefs are designed to challenge and encourage responses which are informed by historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. Students also build on their ability to apply their technical knowledge when designing.

Our well-equipped department of two resistant materials workshops, a graphics/textiles studio and food room provides our students with the opportunity to design and work with an extensive range of materials. These materials include wood, metal, plastics, papers, boards, textiles and food. Students develop skills in working safely with a wide range of tools and equipment to produce high-quality prototypes. Students also embrace the use of both 2D and 3D computer aided design software and our computer aided manufacturing equipment. Our comprehensive curriculum helps to develop a variety of transferrable skills. These include project management, developed through work on long project tasks and collaborative working, cultivated through our group projects.

Design and technology students can apply for an Arkwright Scholarship, providing a window into the worlds of science, technology and engineering. Many go on to read Architecture and Engineering at university alongside a variety of other design disciplines including graphic design and product design.