Craft & Design Technology

The department consists of two practical rooms; one formal drawing room and a computer suite doubling up as a design room.

One craft room is predominantly fitted out as a woodwork room. It has dual purpose benches and a wide range of wood working machines. The department has a good range of portable power tools which pupils can use under supervision.

The second craft room is very similar to the first other than the machinery is mainly used for metal working. There are three metal turning lathes, a forge area and large band saw in this room. Both rooms are flexible in their use with metal, wood and plastic being easily shaped in both.

A laser cutter, vacuum former, oven, fluidiser, strip heater, MIG welder and spray gun are all pieces of additional equipment stored within the department.

The formal drawing room is a large, bright and functional room with twenty drawing stations. There is ample wall space for the display of pupils work.

The computer suite consists of 14 desk top computers and 6 laptops. The central area consists of 10 drawing desks.


The S1 CDT course provides all pupils in first year with a wide range of learning experiences.

  • Design
  • Craftwork
  • Graphic Communication
  • Computer Aided Drawing
  • Computer Aided Design (DTP)

At present pupils in S1 receive three periods of CDT per week for a block of six weeks. This block is rotated with Home economics and is rotated three times a session making our contact with time with S1 pupils at 54 periods. The variety of work completed within the department is designed around units of work which take between six and eight periods to complete.

Units of work

  • Design and make a key fob (keyring)
  • Formally draw with instruments and then make a desk tidy in the wood work area
  • Generate a CAD of the desk tidy
  • Research, design and make a badge/broach from sheet metal
  • Design and computer generated “muffin box” as a link project with home economics.
  • Desktop Publishing