Design Technology

Head of Department: Graeme Macpherson-Smith


Peter Johns, Graham Mitchell, Roger Lapidge and Hettie Pretorius

Design and Technology is a well-established feature of the Haileybury curriculum and has been an i/GCSE option since 1988. The Department occupies a modern, purpose-built space on a site adjacent to the Science laboratories. The Technology building, opened in 1999, is a spectacular construction and provides scope for graphic, control and computing work, general as well as computer-aided design and manufacture.

The subject has always been popular at Haileybury and the existence of the Technology Centre has further increased the take-up of the subject and the success of our pupils. In the most recent A2 examinations, 100% of candidates achieved A* grades. At GCSE level, a 96% A*-C pass rate was achieved across the three courses with more than a third of these achieving an A*or A grade. An average 5 points were gained in the DT IB results in 2013.

The current courses on offer reflect the co-educational ethos of the School, with a Resistant Materials option now offered in addition to Graphics and Systems & Control at IGCSE level. A Product Design course is offered at AS/A2 level and suits those who wish to pursue graphic design or a resistant materials avenue or programme. Since September 2002 the Department has also offered an IB Diploma in Design & Technology at both Higher and Standard Level. There is a healthy mix of girls and boys studying the subject at all levels.

The Department participates in a number of regional and national programmes including the Audi and Rotary Club design challenges and our pupils have enjoyed a good deal of success in recent years. We also host our own annual Prep and Primary Schools' Challenge that has led to some joint projects with several of these schools.

The Department is proud of the achievements of a number of pupils in the nationally recognised Arkwright Scholarship awards and we regularly boast at least two scholars in each of the two Sixth Form years each academic year.

Scholarships at entry at 13+ (Removes) or at 16+ (Lower Sixth) are awarded to outstanding candidates. For further details about Scholarships please visit the Admissions pages.

"I really enjoy using the wide range of machinery and facilities as they have enhanced my knowledge of the technological world."

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