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Design & Technology

Our aim, through hands on experience and practical applications, is to give pupils an understanding of the world around them and to foster the natural curiosity that they exhibit towards products, processes and how everyday items are designed. The questions ‘Why? What? How? and Where?’ are ones we never tire of hearing!

From Year 3, specialist staff teach pupils how to approach a design problem by analysing a task, researching and designing for a specific need. They have the opportunity to make products and to evaluate the process throughout.

Moving through to Years 4—6, pupils undertake a number of practical design and make challenges, which encourage them to think independently, work safely, create products of high quality and demonstrate individual creative flair.

Pupils gain knowledge of a wide range of material and ingredient properties and of the manufacturing techniques and processes available in school, including computer-aided design and manufacturing applications. 

The emphasis is on learning through practical experience and applying knowledge to solve problems creatively, which subsequently builds confidence and an appetite for challenge!


Visitors to St Gabriel's quickly recognise that this is no ordinary school. Parents are always impressed by the sense of purpose and enthusiasm of the talented, committed staff and the confidence of the extremely happy pupils. We offer girls the opportunity for a seamless journey from Nursery through to Sixth Form, with our boys leaving us at the age of 11 for their senior schools.

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