Design and Technology
Design and Technology provides your daughter with the opportunity to use and develop her analytical, creative & practical skills. She will research, design, make and evaluate her own products. As an individual or as a member of a team she will learn to make design decisions that matter to product users and to the wider world.
We are very fortunate to have our own fully equipped workshop at Palmers Green High School. This enables us to deliver specialist teaching of the subject. The D&T syllabus includes three subject areas: resistant materials, electronic products and graphic products.
Our girls study the subject from Year 1 onwards and from Year 7 if they join PGHS in the Senior school. Although we do not currently offer D&T at GCSE, all girls in Years 7, 8 & 9 learn D&T to level 7 or 8 which is a nationally recognised qualification. If successful, this high level of achievement can progress them to an AS/A level in Design and Technology prior to study at degree level. This can lead to a wide range of careers including: Engineering, Manufacturing, Materials Science, Product Design, Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Architecture, Construction, Interior Design, Computer Aided Design and Project Management.
Design and Technology is important to PGHS girls and the world we live in today. Through its study your daughter will look to the future, be creative and innovative. She will value, enjoy and be motivated by the subject and will make things happen and see opportunities. She will develop an enterprising attitude, using her knowledge to solve problems in relevant real life contexts.
"Many young people in school today will not retire until 2070. It is our duty to give them the best possible education and prepare them for an uncertain future. Design and Technology supports the developing of key cross-disciplinary skills and systems thinking. It provides a unique platform within which to inspire young people to re-think, re-design and build a positive future."
Dame Ellen MacArthur, record breaking sailor and founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation
"I consider D&T to be unique in the school curriculum. The level of practical project work D&T offers is rarely seen in other popular subjects. I see this as helping to build invaluable 'employability skills', such as problem solving, communication and presentation skills."
Kate Bellingham, Engineer, TV presenter and president of Young Engineers
"In a world where complex challenges require innovative systematic solutions, education that includes Design and Technology prepares students to participate, contribute and create impact in any industry. Teaching the principles of Design and Technology creates academic environments that are optimistic, emphatic and enabling and allow students to prototype, build and collaborate."
Ingrid Baron, Managing Director, IDEO London