Located in the Loveday Building, the Design Technology department features exceptional facilities, including three Design Studios, three dedicated Design Workshop Spaces and a dedicated 2D CAM Area.

Whether students are studying for GCSEs in Years 10 and 11, or IB and A Level in the Sixth Form, our fun and vibrant environment encourages pupils to explore their creativity, question and challenge design, as well as develop an open approach and way of thinking to achieve solutions.

We ensure our aspiring design engineers have access to the latest technology at their fingertips to create functional designs and products, our department features five 3D printers, two laser cutters, two CNC routers, a plasma cutter and CNC lathe.

Plus, we’re introducing programming and robotics, such as BBC Microbit, Arduino, and VEX robotics, to ensure pupils can fully explore the very latest areas of Design and Technology.

The department’s open door policy also enables pupils to work on their projects outside of lesson time and co-curricular opportunities include after school clubs and activities such as Greenpower. Plus there are exciting plans for a Programming Club and VEX Robotics in the pipeline.

As of September 2017, we are following the revised OCR GCSE & A level Design & Technology specification.

These courses will prepare students to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Students will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Design and Technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. Students will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise.

Our GCSE, A level, and IB allow students to study core technical knowledge and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment. They will also have the opportunity to study specialist technical principles in greater depth.

Prior to starting the course in Year 10, it is recommended that the pupils have followed a foundation course in Years 8 & 9.

We have outstanding facilities which comprise of:

Workshop One

This workshop is divided into five rooms: staff preparation area, metal fabrication and heat treatment area, spray booth, pupil’s store and a multimedia manufacturing space. Equipment includes: 8 x woodworking benches, 2 x metal work benches, circular saw, radial arm saw, planer-thicknesser, 2 x Startrite bandsaws, Slip Roller 2.3m industrial spray booth with drying facility, vacuum forming machine, plastic dip coating machine, strip heater, convection oven, shot blasting unit, 2 x union graduate wood lathes, 3 x metal centre lathes, milling machine, 1 x Boxford pillar drill, 1 x Harrison / Colchester metal centre lathe, sheet metal fabrication equipment, 1.6m metal guillotine, mortising machine, abrasive disc sander, abrasive belt sander, 1 x scroll saw, polishing wheels, CNC plasma cutter, double brazing heath with forge, MIG Welder, TIG welder,, resistance welder (Spot), oxy-acetylene brazing, electronics / soldering equipment and numerous hand / fabrication tools. Donaldson Torit high capacity externally located extraction unit (wood dust) and a separate Donaldson fume extractor with spark arrestors and carbon filter.

Workshop Two

Equipment includes: 5 x large woodworking benches, 2 x large metalwork benches, 2 x Startrite 351SB Bandsaws, 1 x Boxford pillar drill, MACC TE250 Metal Chopsaw with coolant, Denford 2600 Router, JET oscillating spindle sander, JET 300mm Abrasive Disc Sander, Sublimation printing facilities, Boxford 250PCi CNC lathe, Oscillating vertical or horizontal abrasive belt sander, table mounted inverted trend router, numerous hand / fabrication tools. Design breakout table, ESTA high capacity externally located extraction unit fitted with 120mm multi-position extraction hood and workshop cleaning kit.

CAD / CAM Facilities

Dimension 1200es 3D Printer, Denford 2600 Router, Boxford 250PCi CNC lathe, Boxford 300VMCi CNC Milling Machine, 1 x A0 size CO² 100W laser cutter and 1 x A2 size CO² 40W Laser Cutting Machine, Wizard CNC PLASMAWIZ 44 CNC Plasma Cutter, XJ1224 8’ x 4’ CNC Router  CAMM-1 GX24 vinyl cutting machine plus full AVA facilities, sublimation printing.

Design Studio One (L4)

17 x Dual Core Dell Optiplex 745 PC’s with 17” LCD Displays (Software includes: Autodesk Fusion 360, Adobe CS5 Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Acrobat Professional. Techsoft 2D Design v2.09, MS Office, and Netsupport v9.0), Ultimaker 2+, Ultimaker Original, Bee in school 3D printer, Genie board, A3 CMYK colour laser printer and scanner, 2.2m Octagonal graphics and discussion table.

Design Studio Two (L3)

17 x Dual Core Dell Optiplex 745 PC’s with 17” LCD Displays (Software includes: Autodesk Fusion 360, Adobe CS5 Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Acrobat Professional. Techsoft 2D Design v2.09, MS Office, and Netsupport v9.0), Ultimaker 2+ 3D printer, Genie board, Canon plotter, A3 CMYK colour laser printer and scanner, 2.2m Octagonal graphics and discussion table.

Design Studio Three (L13)

15 x Dual Core Dell Optiplex 745 PC’s with 17” LCD Displays (Software includes: Autodesk Fusion 360, Adobe CS5 Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Acrobat Professional. Techsoft 2D Design v2.09, MS Office, and Netsupport v9.0), and 1 Ultimaker 2+ 3D printer.

Other facilities:

Colour printing up to A3 (AVA Room) in size and a Sony SLR digital camera are available along with full audio visual facilities. A staff timber preparation area contains a circular saw, bandsaw, radial arm saw, and planer thicknesser. An appropriate range of hand and power tools are available.

Taunton School offers 13+ and Sixth Form scholarships in Design Technology. For more information, please visit the Scholarship page on the website.