SSE Design and Technology

We live in an age where technology is not only evolving at a rapid pace but has the ability to transform our society and the world we live in. The Design and Technology department provide many opportunities for academic enrichment for pupils from all year groups. A range of clubs, trips and competitions provide those who are considering a career in Design, Architecture or Engineering with a range of experiences to help focus their skills and experience aspects of Design & Technology which interest them.

Starpack Award - Fourth Year Product Design (Graphics) pupils
This national competition seeks to deepen our students understanding of the importance of packaging and invites them to design their own unique product.

Design Ventura - Fourth Year Products Design (Graphics) & Resistant Materials pupils    
The national Design Ventura competition promotes ecologically sound design by encouraging students to create imaginative products which can be sold in the Design museum shop. In Brentwood School’s first year of entry the team won the overall competition beating over three thousand other schools to first place. Their design the ‘go glove’ combined LED’s with a cycling glove to give cyclists an indicator to make turning safer when cycling on the road.         

Scrap Box Challenge meets The Great Egg Race – House competition for First - Third Years
Each year Design and Technology, in cooperation with Science, stage a junior house challenge based either in a laboratory or workshop. Tasks we have tackled have been:

  • Dropping an egg from up to three metres onto a hard surface
  • Negotiating an egg through a maze remotely
  • Crash testing an egg ‘dummy’ in a safety cage

Ford Dunton Trip – Fifth Year Resistant Materials pupils
Each year a group of our budding engineers visits Ford to view the exciting facilities which includes a crash test dummy rig and an environmental testing areas including vast rooms which can range in temperature from -40 degrees C to +40 degrees C. The trip is an important opportunity for our students to discover the possibilities of a career in Design and Technology.

After school clubs – First - Third Years
On Wednesdays and Fridays, students are invited to design and manufacture mini- hovercrafts, puzzles and electronic circuits. These clubs give pupils the opportunity to broaden their skill in the subject and use equipment and techniques which may not fall into the regular curriculum. 

The Design and Technology department also helps to support students undertaking the Duke of Edinburgh's Awards and the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers section of the CCF on a Friday afternoon.