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Accommodation consists of 3 well equipped workshops, a technician’s store and preparation room and an ICT room. The Head of Department also has an office.

Resources and equipment are to a high standard. Digital data projectors are available in every Engineering room. The ICT room has internet/intranet access, staff and students’ shared area. A Soundfield system is available also in every Engineering room to facilitate Hearing Impaired students.

TH01052014-ESF-KingsAcademy-36 v2The department prides itself in having facilities of the highest level of technology. The ICT room houses our laser cutter, with projects across all Key Stages accessing this facility. A CNC router, miller and lathe are also available for Key Stage 4 and 5 students. PCB making equipment is available for Electronics with CAD applications available through high level software. A heat bay accommodates a brazing hearth, fluidising tank and a vacuum forming machine. The department also has 3D printing facilities.

Staffing consists of 3 full time teachers and one full time technician.

  • Mr M Donnelly – Head of Department – GCSE Engineering (Double Award) – A Level Product Design
  • Mr A Ross – GCSE Resistant Materials
  • Mr G Prouse – Second in Department
  • Mr P Verrill – Preparation of materials and stock control. In addition Mr Verrill builds the props for the school productions.

Course Outline/Overview

Norton Factory Tour 2012Key Stage 3

All students study Engineering at this Key Stage. The students do a range of projects that develop their knowledge of materials, tools and processes. Projects include designing and making a Spatula, Pencil Box, Photograph Frame, Moisture Sensor, Puzzle Game and a Clock.

Key Stage 4

Students choose from a range of options. The Engineering Department offers several courses:

  • GCSE Resistant Materials
  • GCSE Engineering (Double Award)

Key Stage 5

A Level Product Design.

The Engineering subjects prove to be popular with both boys and girls emphasising the spectrum of appeal and diversity of courses.


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