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Design Technology at Taunton School

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 A Levels 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.

To ensure budding designers have the latest technology at their fingertips to create functional designs and products, our department features four 3D printers, two laser cutters and a whole range of CAD facilities.

Plus, we’re currently developing our programming and robotics resource, 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 AQA GCSE Design & Technology specification.

This course 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 allows students to study core technical and designing 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, 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, 3 x Boxford pillar drills, 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, MACC TE250 Metal Chopsaw with coolant, Baileigh Metal Section Roller, 915mm Slip rolls, JET oscillating spindle sander, JET 300mm Abrasive Disc Sander, Oscillating vertical or horizontal abrasive belt sander, table mounted inverted trend router, numerous hand / fabrication tools. 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, 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: Solidworks 2011, Adobe CS5 Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Acrobat Professional. Techsoft 2D Design v2.09, MS Office, and Netsupport v9.0), SMARTboard and Data projector, Samsung visualiser, A3 colour flatbed USB Scanner, A3 CMYK colour laser printer and scanner, DVD player and ceiling mounted speaker system, 2.2m Octagonal graphics and discussion table.

Design Studio Two (L3)

17 x Dual Core Dell Optiplex 755 PC’s with 17” LCD Displays (Software includes: Solidworks 2011, Adobe CS5 Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Acrobat Professional. Techsoft 2D Design v2.09, MS Office, and Netsupport v9.0), SMARTboard and Data projector, Samsung visualiser, A3 colour flatbed USB Scanner, DVD player and ceiling mounted speaker system, 2.2m Octagonal graphics and discussion table.

Design Studio Three (L13)

13 x Dual Core Dell Optiplex 755 PC’s with 17” LCD Displays (Software includes: Solidworks 2011, Adobe CS5 Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Acrobat Professional. Techsoft 2D Design v2.0, MS Office, and Netsupport v9.0) SMARTboard and Data projector Samsung visualiser, A3 colour flatbed USB Scanner, DVD player and ceiling mounted speaker system, 3m Octagonal graphics and discussion table.

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_plus_ and Sixth Form scholarships in Design Technology. For more information, please visit the Scholarship page on the website. 

Design and Technology in the Sixth Form