Through the provision of a stimulating and creative environment, our pupils are encouraged to think and intervene imaginatively to improve the quality of life. The subject calls for pupils to become creative problem-solvers, as individuals and members of a team. They must look for needs and opportunities and respond to them by developing a range of ideas which they can then communicate through a design folio and practical solution.
There is a particular emphasis on the use of ICT as a means of conveying, resolving and realising ideas. Here pupils are able to access the Adobe suite, exposing them to industrial standard software. The department has at its heart a desire to straddle the continuum between science and art; the technical and the aesthetic.
The courses studied look to develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of, and skills and application in, designing products. They will also develop their research, analysis, product development, project planning and evaluation skills.
The Design and Technology department at Marlborough is the only school in the world offering pupils access to the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) foundation year programme. This is an online course in which pupils are taught live by SCAD professors. The aim is to enhance learning and scholarship, and also to complement the OCR A level course. Those who successfully complete this programme are able to apply to SCAD on preferential terms.
Design and technology prepares pupils to engage with rapidly changing technologies and provides opportunities to respond to the environment in which they live. Here at Marlborough we seek to enable our pupils to explore their creativity and enjoy the wide-ranging opportunities that Design & Technology can offer.
Changes in the GCSE syllabuses have led us to introduce new courses at GCSE and A level. We follow the OCR syllabus. This course was chosen as it offers a foundation in the principles and iterative design practices of various 21st-century design and manufacture industries. It offers flexibility in the approaches pupils use to apply knowledge and understanding of these practices and principles when designing and making prototypes which solve real and relevant problems. For us, it is all about getting pupils thinking like designers, and giving them relevant experience. So, they now have a lot more freedom in their project work – they can mix up materials and processes rather than having to work just in one.
Pupils are able to develop projects which match their level of interest and courses are offered to suit each end of this spectrum. They are supported by an experienced and dedicated staff who enjoy the challenge that project activities provide.
The design centre is open during free time slots, studies and some Sundays throughout the year to mainly support project activity. We operate a programme of regular clubs; this year these have focused on areas as diverse as computer programming, lighting design and skateboard manufacture. The DT library is an area where pupils can refer to books specific to our subject. Trips take place to London to visit design shows and lectures. We maintain regular contact with SCAD (USA) and take trips over to Savannah, Georgia every two years. Beaks are on hand to support pupils with folio preparation for university applications.
P Adams (Head of Department)