Design Technology is a well established and successful subject at Canford. Initially pupils progress through a series of set projects to build and reinforce a skill base (eg. Design and make a motorised toy aimed at filling an existing gap in the toy market) before they start designing and making solutions to problems that they have researched and identified themselves. Teachers become consultants as students 'manage' their own projects and the level of presentation and finish they incorporate into their work is always impressive.
A suite of well-equipped workshops and classrooms provide for creative and practical projects, based on resistant materials. The drawing offices form the focal point for design work. Indeed the ability to interpret ideas through drawing is central to all projects, as all finished work must be fully documented and illustrated.
A pupil's portfolio forms the central part of coursework assessment. In this context the use of computer aided design software allows pupils the exciting possibility of realising their ideas in a virtual form before starting to build them.
We have a comprehensive range of machinery and equipment - from saws and drills, through lathes and welding equipment, right up to state of the art laser cutting technology. Design Technology continues to progress at Canford.
The GCSE and AS/A2 both follow the Edexcel exam board specifications.
Neil Watkins, Head of Design TechnologyBEd (Wales)
Neil holds the title of Canford's longest serving head of department having arrived in 1986. He runs a weekly link with a local school for children with special needs who come to Canford and experience what is on offer in DT here. A keen sportsman, he also assists with school golf and rugby - he is happiest when Wales have just beaten England!
Phil EffickBEd (Melbourne), BSc (London Guildhall)
Phil joined Canford in 1997. He is Master in charge of The Lorifer and the Sixth Form centre. He is also in charge of school netball and helps with rugby and softball - being Australian he plays to win!
Jon MartinBEng (Hertfordshire), MSc (Liverpool), PGCE (Brunel)
Jon joined the department in 2001. He is responsible for our adventure training activities and canoe club and also coaches rowing. A keen climber and kayaker - he will give anything remotely dangerous a go.
Edexcel Design & Technology (Resistant Materials Technology) 2RM01
Product Design (Resistant Materials Technology) (8108)
Product Design (Resistant Materials Technology) (9108)