Design & technology

King Edward’s School has an excellent reputation for design and technology. Our boys have been successful in national and international competitions, and the brightest boys are encouraged to consider engineering and design-related fields as future careers.

Design and technology is housed in its own purpose built centre which has two large workshops with classrooms attached and a computer-design room. The subject is compulsory from Year 7 to Year 9 and the curriculum is designed to develop pupils’ designing and making skills. Through a series of projects, boys cover the main technologies of electronics, control, mechanisms, structures and materials using woods, metals and plastics. Each project allows students to interpret the design brief in their own way so that they can develop and demonstrate their particular talents.

A large number of boys choose to study GCSE Design and Technology, which offers a unique opportunity for boys to identify and solve real problems by designing and making products or systems. Boys study core technical principles and develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of electronic systems, programmable components and mechanical devices. A significant proportion of the course is assigned to practical tasks to develop boys’ knowledge of design and making principles, and enable them to make successful and functioning prototypes.

Beyond the classroom, pupils have successfully competed in national and international competitions and the department organises visits to companies such as Morgan Cars and Jaguar Land Rover to gain a greater insight into engineering in action.

  • Sixth Form

    Design technology, offered at both Standard and Higher Level, aims to develop responsible, considerate, highly skilled and internationally minded designers and engineers. A practical approach is taken to reinforce pupils’ understanding of the topics covered and to enable them to design, develop and manufacture high-quality outcomes.

    Boys will gain a high technological and scientific understanding of how products work, as well as how they are designed, developed and manufactured. They will also continue to develop their awareness of how products affect society on a personal, social, moral, economic and environmental level, as well as an appreciation of global issues and how international designers and engineers are addressing these. As well as topics being brought to life through industrial visits, pupils spend a weekend at the Centre for Alternative Technology, living in one of their eco-cabins.

    Former pupils have gone on to study engineering at some of the very best universities in the country including Oxford and Cambridge.

  • Arkwright Scholarships

    We have been very successful in gaining prestigious Arkwright Engineering Scholarships for boys with an interest in pursuing a career in design and engineering.

    Following a rigorous selection process, successful scholars receive a financial award to help support project work during their IB Diploma studies and also gain access to a range of enrichment opportunities, such as mentoring and company visits.

    Two former pupils have also been awarded Arkwright Undergraduate Scholarships, worth £12,000, to support them through their undergraduate engineering studies.

Latest design and technology news


16/07/2018

Young engineers triumph at national design awards

Technology created by two Year 13 pupils at King Edward’s School has resulted in top awards at a prestigious national design competition.


31/03/2017

Pupils race into second place at Silverstone

A team of Sixth Form boys has claimed the runners-up spot in a national competition run by Land Rover to design and build a radio-controlled 4x4 vehicle.


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