Resistant Materials involves students in the design of engineered products. Using wood, metal and plastic, they create working solutions to real world problems.
In the Sixth Form, students are engaged in practical work in the workshop, designing and making products using a range of materials and equipment.
Our students learn modern manufacturing techniques, such as laser cutting and CNC machining, in addition to traditional manufacturing techniques using hand tools.
This is a ‘hands-on’ course, which is suitable for imaginative students who wish to develop their skills in product design.
Our Resistant Materials students also create well considered products, which improve existing products found to be lacking in functionality, or products which utilise emerging technology.
Whether it's equipment for the home or for a hobby, our students develop their skills as problem-solvers, creating new and exciting products to meet the needs of specific groups of people.
To view the Resistant Materials curriculum please click here.
Mr Andrew Eckton
Head of Product Design
Brunel University - BSc Industrial Design.
Mr Eckton has developed a passion for well designed products which meet or exceed expectations as well as having a sense of style about them. He enjoys making furniture in his spare time.
Mr Rob Chapman
Mr Chapman enjoys the problem solving aspect of product design and particularly enjoys applying electronics in innovative ways. Mr Chapman runs an after school club for younger pupils allowing them to further their understanding of electronics. He has designed and made many props for school productions during his time at school.
Mr Sam Harvey
Loughborough University - Product Design.
Mr Harvey is a passionate designer who likes to apply new technologies to solve design problems. He runs after school clubs for many pupils and has made some very creative props for school productions.
Ms Tracy Hodgson
Ms Hodgson is the department technician. She is at home behind a computer keyboard organising orders and materials or behind the blade of a band-saw preparing materials for class projects.