Learning Design Technology at school helps to prepare students for living and working in a technological world. It stimulates both intellectual and creative abilities, develops skills in communication, problem solving, the application of number, and information technology, and develops the personal qualities needed to complete a design project from initial ideas to finished product.

Design Technology at Warminster has long been successful and is housed in an excellent Design Centre, some of the facilities of which are listed below. The team approaches Design Technology with a real can-do attitude and passion for the subject, and is constantly seeking ways to enhance the provision at the school in keeping with developments in the curriculum and in industry.

Facilities Available

Rooming: We have four multi-purpose design studios with capacities of between ten and eighteen pupils. Three of the four studios have at least sixteen PCs on which pupils can access a range of subject specific software as well as the more standard MicroSoft Office programmes. We also have a large, fully equipped workshop which contains a range of wood, metal and plastic working equipment listed below.

Equipment: The range of wood, metal and plastic working machines we have in the Department includes Pillar Drills, Bobbin Sanders, Fretsaws, Bandsaws, Lathes (wood and metal), Manual Milling Machine, Mortiser, Vacuum Former, Dome Blower, Strip Heater, Hot Wire Cutter and Dip Coating facilities. We also have purpose built facilities for brazing, casting and welding. In addition to all this, the Department has a wide range of CNC equipment including a Laser Cutting, Milling Machine, Vinyl Cutter/Plotter, 3D Printer and a Sublimation Printer. We also have access to a range of black and white, and colour A4 and A3 laser printers and an A3 scanner.

Examination boards

  • OCR A Level Design Technology: Product Design (88% A-C in 2013)
  • Edexcel GCSE Design Technology: Electronic Products (100% A*-C in 2013)
  • Edexcel GCSE Design Technology: Resistant Materials (95% A*-C in 2013)