Heathcote DT Department enjoys successful Enrichment Week activities

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The Design and Technology Department took advantage of Heathcote's Enrichment Week to give students some opportunities they may not otherwise have a chance to experience. Head of DT, Mr Dolan, gives us a run-down on these interesting events;


Self-guided walks around London

 As part of Enrichment Week, the Design and Technology department took our Year 7 students on a self-guided walk around the City of London to research and analyse modern architecture within our great city. We started at London Liverpool Street station, taking in skyscrapers such as Heron Tower, The 

IMG 2366 resizedGherkin, Leadenhall, St. Paul’s Cathedral and The Barbican before heading back to school to take on one of the three design challenges:

•             Design Challenge 1

Produce a promotional guide for visitors to the City of London that celebrates the area’s architectural excellence.

•             Design Challenge 2

Design a new iconic building for the City of London.

•             Design Challenge 3

Create a new logo for the City of London that encapsulates its new architecture alongside its great history.


The students represented the school well during the winding streets of Central London and were full of questions. If any of the students would like to pursue a future career in the built environment and construction industry - or they enjoyed simply learning about building design - then they may like to consider the Design…Engineer…Construct! qualification when they make their options choices next year. This is an expanding industry in this country and our school is supported well through our sponsors Gardiner and Theobald, who helped our students achieve 6 A* grades, 7 A-grades and 4 B-grades during last year’s GCSE results. One of our students also achieved an apprenticeship where he is being paid to train and will achieve a degree at the end of his course. If you would like to know more about this course then please do not hesitate to contact Mr Dolan in the DT department.


James Dyson Foundation Workshop

Amongst all of the great activities and sessions organised during Enrichment Week, a group of Year 9 students were selected to take part in a James Dyson Foundation workshop.

The workshop involved the task of taking apart an actual Dyson vacuum cleaner - a task given to all new employees of Dyson during their induction - and the slightly more difficult task of putting it back together into working order again! The students were also able to disassemble and then reassemble some of the machine’s different attachments, exploring how they were developed and which requirements they met.

The group was then asked to tackle a design challenge, either working individually or in small groups, before presenting their ideas to the whole group. Overall, the day gave the students an insight into the intricate nature of the Design and Engineering industry, allowing them to look at the design process and the process of design through disassembly. Even better than that, at least we only had a few screws left over at the end of the day!

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