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A High Performing Specialist Academy for Technology & Applied Learning


Head of Department: Mr W Thomas


Since National Curriculum Design and Technology was introduced as a core subject, Collingwood has maintained its position as a curriculum innovator and leader in the field of Design and Technology, both in the classroom and with the numerous after-College clubs and enrichment activities offered by the department.

The prime aim of Design and Technology is to provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge to solve real life problems and create products to improve everyday life.

Such problems rarely have just one possible solution and require students to develop a different set of thinking skills to those in normal academia.  Through the study of Design and Technology, students are involved in applying knowledge and principles to enable them to analyse, design, plan, manufacture and evaluate. 

The application of these skills is realised in practical products through iterative design.

Facilities and Resources

At Collingwood there are two teaching areas which house the various subjects encompassed within Design and Technology.  In both areas, Collingwood benefits from access to a wide range of facilities and equipment that allow students to manufacture products using modern processes and to a professional standard.

Kingston – V Block is home to 2 Design and Technology workshops, 1 Engineering Workshop, 1 Electronics workshop, 1 Graphic Design / CAD room with PCs and a further room with PCs also used for CAD CAM.  It also includes a central CAD/CAM fabrication area with laser cutters, 7 3D Printers, laptop trolley and CNC machinery.

Barossa Building – Includes a recently refitted Food Technology Workshop, a further Food Technology room and a Textiles Technology Workshop with access to IT.

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Curriculum Information