Sevenoaks School has a long tradition of innovation in technology with the first technical activities centre being established in the 1960s. Since then students and staff have developed their skills and knowledge to use their creativity and initiative in developing projects in a wide variety of formats.
As learning and working environments evolve, students increasingly need the skills to use technology tools to support them in their learning. The correct skills also facilitate access to information and resources, enabling students to access a more diverse pool of information from which to draw, including digital learning and multimedia content. Expanding knowledge beyond the classroom gives it more meaning, fosters critical thinking and promotes a positive attitude to further lifelong learning.
The Technology department teaches essential digital skills within the context of Design through Lower School courses, covering electronics, programming, manufacture techniques and designing techniques over a number of mini projects. In the Middle School, students can study a bespoke Sevenoaks School Certificate course in either Robotics or Visual Communication. The Upper School Technology students study the IB courses in Design Technology. The course is strongly connected with social issues, making informed choices and differentiating between information and misinformation.
Technology is concerned with people's needs and the cultural and aesthetic considerations of a changing society.
Students will study the development of technology, but the course is not solely about sophisticated industrialised production; it also includes the appropriateness of technologies for developing societies and designing for medical applications.
The facilities include: wood, plastics and metal workshops; electronics laboratories, design studios and computer suites with CAD/CAM facilities with a contemporary manufacturing capability for prototyping.
Head of Technology: Mrs Rebecca Brown firstname.lastname@example.org