Centrally located within the heart of the school, the Design and Technology department provides a safe and happy space for pupils to develop a well-rounded education in subject Students follow a challenging curriculum that is designed to nurture their intrigue in the variety of modern topics that contributes to a world class holistic education. The curriculum in place aims to inspire the next generation of design thinkers, and problem solvers to develop new interests and discover new strengths in the subject area.  

The department has an open-door policy for students to take advantage of. Design and Technology runs a number of co-curricular clubs throughout the week for all students. These are very much part of the department, and a chance to explore alternative areas of technology.  

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.