Falinge Park High School
Opening Doors; Unlocking Potential
“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.”
– Steve Jobs
Compelling Learning in Engineering
We foster pupils’ love of designing and making products by providing real-life design problems for them to solve, relating to a range of familiar situations in school, at home and in the wider world. Pupils are able to work in a wide range of materials; we find that this variety, combined with the hands-on approach and ability to make important design decisions for themselves, really engages pupils, with many opting to attend extra-curricular sessions in order to further their progress. Pupils are given every opportunity to think, work and develop ideas both independently, and in groups, and present their findings using a wide variety of media. They thrive on opportunities to be independent but we also ensure support is there when needed.
We aim to develop creativity in pupils and nurture their ability to think outside of the box, enabling them to develop the habits of mind, practical skills and knowledge and understanding of the subject which will not only open doors for them to become the engineers, technologists and designers of the future, but also provide our young people with other transferable attributes that will be of huge benefit in life, regardless of pathway or career choice. In Years 7 and 8 all pupils study Design and Technology for 4 hours a fortnight, spending approximately 12 weeks in each of the following areas:
- Electronic Products
- Food Technology
- Product Design
- Resistant Materials
- Textiles Technology
They can also opt to study a technology subject as a GCSE in years 9, 10 and 11 by choosing from Electronics, Engineering, Food, Graphics and Packaging, Resistant Materials and Textiles.
We offer lots of opportunities for pupils to participate further in all of our subjects. All teachers run sessions at lunchtimes and after school to enable pupils to attend clubs. Sometimes pupils wish to spend additional time on projects they are undertaking in lessons and sometimes they may wish to try something new in order to further their understanding of the subject and develop their skills even more. The faculty also provides numerous opportunities for trips and other competitions outside of school.