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Oakham’s Design and Technology Department has earned a national reputation for excellence thanks to our outstanding facilities, talented staff and the remarkable work that our pupils produce.

Our team of specialist teachers, led by Tim Weston, who is a Principal Moderator in the Design Technology IB Diploma, are passionately committed to encouraging our pupils to discover their design flair and creativity.

The Jerwood School of Design is a purpose-built facility that contains cutting edge equipment, including CREO 8.0 CAD software, 10 3D Rapid Prototype Printers, and an extensive range of CNC machinery. As well as large workshops for pupils to work with wood, metal and plastic, there are also studios dedicated to computer-aided design and to electronics.

There is an incredible breadth of choice on offer for pupils to develop their design and engineering skills, to consider and find solutions for problems that people face, as well as the opportunity to specialise in areas of their interest.

Pupils go on to study Product Design, Industrial Design, Architectural, or Engineering degrees at universities such as: Loughborough, Brunel, Northumbria, Newcastle, Birmingham, and University of the Arts London. Many former DT students work in the design and engineering sector. View our Leavers’ Destinations and Careers for the latest information on which DT courses our recent leavers are following at university.

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“The Design Department at Oakham was unrivalled when it came to helping me with my A-levels and preparing me for my degree. After spending a lot of weekends as a boarder in the design block doing woodwork, jewellery making and pottery, as I came to doing my A-level project I was even taught to weld.”
Charlie Brundle ('06)

At a glance


specialist DT studios


to take part in external Design and Technology competitions


DT activities as part of the activities timetable and after school


trips to museums and factories, including the biennial DT and Geography trip to Bologna

Real-life design

work through the Industrial Cadets Gold Award