The Design and Technology Department teaches an internally designed course throughout the lower school, preparing all pupils for AQA GCSE Product Design, which exists as three separate course options: Resistant Materials, Textiles and Electronics. In the Sixth Form the Department offers popular and dynamic Product Design and Textiles A level courses, delivering the AQA Specifications. The Head of Department is Mr Nicholas Mills. Lessons are taught in exceptionally well-equipped and purpose-designed workshops, a textiles room, an electronics lab, a design studio and a computer suite, all of which are clustered on the ground and first floor of the Tate Building. Pupils are challenged to think creatively and, in reflection of the quality of personal support provided by the department, produce outstanding products that are viewed with great delight by the wider school community in the end of year display events, which enable pupils to showcase their work with pride. The exceptional quality of the work produced is made possible through an ethos that encourages ambition and nurtures capability, allowing exposure to developing skills with a wide variety of materials and approaches, resulting in tremendous satisfaction in their accomplishments for our pupils.
Involvement in high profile competitions is common: Young Engineers for Britain, Starpack Packaging Awards and The Manufacturing Challenge are all examples of competitions where pupils have met with national success recently. A gratifying number of pupils regularly achieve the National Gold Standard in the subject - Arkwright Scholarships. These recognise and reward excellence in engineering potential; around 350 are awarded nationally each August. For further information about the Arkwright Scholarship Scheme, please visit their website at www.arkwright.org.uk Including the recently announced cohort of seven new scholars, this brings to seventy the number awarded to Yarm School pupils. This is more than any other school in the country - by quite some distance. Our enrichment opportunities are wide ranging: musical instrument making, electronics, the Greenpower electric endurance vehicle and silversmithing are all particularly popular at present.