Design and Technology at Red House School aims not only to develop design and practical skills in pupils, but also to encourage an understanding of processes, products and manufacturing techniques. At all levels, pupils are encouraged to create high quality products using a ‘design and make’ principle. Quality is achieved by nurturing creativity, talent and innovation in pupils.

Years 6 to 9 develop their knowledge and skills through project based tasks. Year 6 are taught in their own form groups and are involved in projects such as paper and card engineering before moving into projects that use hard materials such as wood, metal and plastic. At the end of Year 6, groups are split between Systems Control Technology and a Graphic Products based technology course. Pupils spend half an academic year studying Systems Control Technology and the other half of the year studying Design Technology.

Systems Technology is taught throughout KS3, and the following modules are studied; Aerodynamics, Construction Technology, Basic Electricity, Research and Design, Electronic Communications, Robotics, Mechanisms, Pneumatics, Hydraulics, Industrial Control Technology and Materials and Processes.

In Design Technology, KS3 pupils continue to design and make artifacts using hard materials. These projects also contain an element of packaging design and this packaging design and manufacture becomes much more relevant as pupils reach Year 9.

GCSE Graphics Products is offered as an option subject for Years 10 and 11 and is an ideal stepping stone to further study at ‘AS’ and ‘A’ level D&T.

All pupils, of all age ranges, are given the opportunity to work with a wide range of tools, equipment and processes – ranging from simple hand tools for the younger pupils through to sophisticated CAD/ CAM equipment, such as laser cutting and 3D printing for the older pupils. All pupils are taught how to use a wide range of software and are encouraged to use them during their project work.

As well as taking advantage of a range of opportunities for learning outside the classroom – such as industrial visits etc – pupils are involved in a number of co-curricular activities. Recently students have designed and built two electrically powered racing cars and regularly take part in the national Greenpower’ race series. There is also a strong Young Engineers club in the school, and pupils have achieved success in a number of national competitions.