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Resistant Materials Technology

This term refers to all the activities pupils embark on, using wood, metal and plastic, to design and make new products.

Pupils learn a variety of different techniques that will help them bring their design ideas to life. This starts with hand sketching in an informal style; moving on to the use of computer-based drawing and the latest 2 and 3-dimensional software. The department has several networked PCs, and also makes use of the ICT Department's suite of rooms. Google SketchUp and Adobe Illustrator, both 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) programmes, are used by pupils with the latter linking to a 3-D printer. Techsoft 2D Design is also widely used by pupils and links to a laser cutter. These programmes are taught from Year 7 onwards; any item imaginable can be drawn on screen, rotated and viewed from all angles and then 'virtually' manufactured from materials of the pupil's choice.

Pupils also have the chance to enhance their Resistant Materials work by including some Electronic components. To enable them to do this pupils from Year 7 onwards learn how to solder a variety of circuits including ones that involve LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) and microchips.

The comprehensive facilities within the department allow pupils to create a great variety of products, including decorative boxes, jewellery, chairs, tables, guitars, toys and many more. Pupils can choose to follow a GCSE Resistant Materials course from the beginning of Year 10 and later on a Product Design course at Advanced Level.

At GCSE and A Level, advanced manufacturing skills are taught and pupils have the opportunity to experiment with equipment such as the vacuum bag, the laser cutter and the 3D printer. Pupils who study Product Design at A level and who then wish to continue their passion for design at degree level, typically apply for courses such as Product Design, Industrial Design, Architecture and Engineering.

The Resistant Materials Technology department offer weekly clinics for examination pupils to carry out extra work and to consult with staff regarding their coursework. Y7,8 and 9 pupils are able to join Environment Club, a collaboration between Science, Textiles Technology and Resistant Materials Technology, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), Props Club (supporting the school drama productions) and Duke of Edinburgh skills workshop.  








Innovative and elegant GCSE, AS and A2 products designed by students.


Arkwright Scholarship

Success at GCSE and A Level has paved the way for girls at Bolton School to gain this prestigious award which supports pupils as they progress towards university and is worth £600. We enter girls for this national competition annually. Our latest Arkwright Scholars are Bethany O'Donnell and Khadijah Ismail who are aiming to pursue careers in Engineering

The competition, which attracts over 800 applicants, required the girls to pass an Aptitude Paper in order to demonstrate "flair and originality" in solving engineering design problems. They also had to present their GCSE work to a panel of interviewers. The final stage took place at the University of Lancaster where the girls took part in a team exercise set by the university.

Having emerged triumphant from all these stages, Bethany and Khadijah were formally presented with their awards in October 2014 and 2015 at ceremonies hosted by The Institution of Engineering and Technology at Savoy Place in London. The award, which provides the girls with £300 a year during their A Level studies, will also allow them to carry the status of Arkwright Scholar with them to university. Many congratulations to the girls on this impressive achievement!


Resistant Materials Technology lesson