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Bury Grammar Schools

Design & Technology

In Design and Technology, students are offered a unique opportunity to identify and solve real problems by designing and making a range of products and systems. 
 
The department forms part of the Creative and Performing Arts faculty and is situated within a purpose-built facility with cutting edge equipment, including the latest CAD software, an extensive range of CNC machinery, 3D rapid prototyping printer and laser cutter.
 
In an ever-increasing technological world, students are encouraged to think creatively to design solutions with confidence, considering the requirements of a wide client base. Students across the school, of all ages, are encouraged to extend classroom involvement and participate in extra-curricular clubs and activities. Some exciting events coming up in the next academic year within the department include; Ultimate STEM Challenge, Tenner Challenge, Design Ventura, Product in a Tin Competition, Technology, Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge and Starpack Awards. Students can also be entered for an Arkwright Scholarship, which is a national award for any learners wishing to pursue a career in Design or Engineering. 

Subject Curriculum

Key Stage 3

 
The Design and Technology curriculum is presented in six topic areas:
 
  • Design and Technology and our world
  • Energy generation and storage
  • Smart materials
  • Electronic systems
  • Mechanical devices
  • Materials and their properties (timber, polymers, metal, textiles, paper/boards).
Students develop their subject knowledge to become aware of, and learn from, wider influences on Design and Technology including drawing upon their understanding of other disciplines such as Mathematics, Science, Engineering, Computing and Art.

 

Head of Department

Miss Gore has worked at Bury Grammar School since 2007 and became Head of Art (Boys) in 2010.
 
She has BA Hons: Ceramics and a Masters in Fine Art. As a member of the Senior Management Team, Miss Gore is Director of Arts & Culture across BGS, representing the School on a regional Arts Board and is the Artsmark Leader for all arts and cultural opportunities.
 
As a Sixth Form tutor,  she is heavily involved in the preparation of students for Higher Education and supporting them in their own educational development.
 
As a professional artist, Miss Gore specialises in ceramic installations, creating visceral responses to memories and has exhibited across the North West.