Design Technology Introduction

‘DT’s really fun! I like it because you get to make whatever you want and get to use all kinds of different tools. I also think it’s good because it’s a break from other lessons where you mainly sit down and do bookwork and stuff.’
Matthew, Year 9

In Design Technology at Keswick School, pupils acquire valuable, lifelong skills and can reap the benefits of having access to well-stocked, well-used workshops, designing and creating pride-worthy products.

With an average of around 80% and often above 90% of GCSE pupils attaining A*-C grades in each DT subject, there really is no better place for a pupil to hone his/her skills. Pupils get the chance to use high tech., professional equipment such as laser-cutters, 3D printers, circuit simulation design and manufacture and a wide variety of workshop tools to perfect their products.

The opportunity to use such equipment and the first class guidance offered by our enthusiastic staff are just two of the reasons our pupils consistently produce innovative, exciting items and therefore excel academically. From making torches and ice scrapers in Year 7 to building tables and ipod docking stations in Year 11, Design Technology students are always kept busy. Pupils learn to manipulate wood, metal, plastic and electronics and more modern smart materials, to gain important practical skills which will stay with them forever.

Design Technology pupils also have access to a wide variety of extracurricular clubs and competitions.

At young engineers club, pupils who enjoy designing, making and solving problems can compete locally and nationally with challenges such as designing and making radio controlled boats and solar powered vehicles.

Many of Keswick’s former Design Technology students have gone on to study engineering or related degrees, at top class universities such as Durham, Lancaster and Loughborough.


Teaching Staff
Mr T J Mather, BTec (Hons), PGCE (Head of Design Technology)
Mrs K Jackson, BSc (Hons), PGCE (Head of Design Technology – Food and Textiles)
Mr A Nanson, BA (Hons), PGCE
Mrs K Mather, BSc (Hons), PGCE (p/t)
Mrs H Winskill, MEng, PGCE