Design & Technology
“Students are actively encouraged to use their imagination and creativity when designing projects, and they work with an enormous variety of different mediums.”
Best in the Country
The DT Centre at King's may not be the biggest department you have seen, but it has been voted the best in the country for four out of the past five years by 'The Good Schools Guide'. What excited them and will excite you is the standard and quality of the work that is produced by our pupils. They are actively encouraged to use their imagination and creativity when designing projects, and they work with an enormous variety of different mediums.
We have excellent equipment facilities which allow our pupils to manufacture a huge range of projects, and we are always looking to acquire new equipment and processes whenever the opportunity arises. Indeed we were one of the first schools in the South West to acquire CNC Plasma cutting facilities.
We also have an extensive suite of computers which pupils use to research, design and present their work. These in turn are linked to our CNC equipment which pupils then use to model and realise their design solutions. Although we are a forward-thinking department, we pride ourselves on maintaining traditional skills and quality making throughout our project work.
We have a number of pupils whom have been awarded the prestigious Arkwright Engineering Scholarship. In addition to this, we have had pupils be recognised for their outstanding DT work by The Sir Henry Royce Memorial Foundation - the most highly prized award given to pupils who have demonstrated a high standard of craftsmanship in their project work.
A Level DT
Our Head of DT, Jason Grindle, talks more about studying DT at A level.
Jason, BSc, BEd (Loughborough University), is the head of the department. A former Housemaster, is Master in Charge of Boys' Tennis, and also assists with Gold and Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award training and assessment.
Jonathan, B Tech (Brunel University), is currently the longest serving member of the department. Now Head of Boarding, he was Housemaster of Tuckwell House for 13 years, and coaches rugby.
Mat has an undergraduate degree in (BA) product design, and after stints in both the ski and cycle industries he gained a PGCE at Bath Spa University. Most recently he took a year out to better his woodworking by enrolling in a traditional wooden boat building course, building his own sailing dinghy as part of the process. He continues to build wooden boats in his spare time.
Ross joined the world of education in 2009 having previously worked in industry for the likes of Airbus and Thales. He decided to make the move having taken up woodwork as a hobby.