Design Technology

The girls say: "Design and Technology at St Catherine’s School is brillant" and I agree!   Design and Technology will help you to become an autonomous and creative problem solver.   The combination of practical skills and an understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental issues, function and industrial practices will allow you to evaluate past and present Design and Technology, its uses and effects.

Through Design and Technology, you will become innovators as well as discriminating and informed users of products. It enables you to:

  • Understand how Design and Technology affects our lives
  • Contribute to the use and development of technology in our society through informed participation
  • Relate your personal experiences to the work of commerce and industry

Above all Design and Technology is interesting, exciting and really good fun!   

Mr Alastair White - Head of Design and Technology

DT Department Staff


  • Mr Alastair White - Head of Department 

    Alastair White joined St Catherine’s School in 1999 as Head of Department. He worked in several schools prior to this and held posts of Design and Technology Teacher and Head of House. He has also worked for IBM computers and worked as a Director on the Educational Trust Board at the Institute of Structural Engineers. He is passionate about Design and Technology and keen to promote Engineering, Product Design and Architecture to the girls.

    He assists with the Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions and often helps the Sailing Team prepare for the Surrey Schools Sailing Regattas. 

  • Mr David Downman - Design & Technology and IT Teacher
    David joined St Catherine's in 2014 and he teaches Design and Technology as well as U3 ICT / Computing.  Prior to this he was a teacher at a school in Perth, Western Australia, where he lived for a number of years.  His previous occupation was as a Draughtsman, and the experience he has gained whilst teaching Design and Technology at a variety of schools, has enabled him to gain a great undersatnding of a range of computer programs. In his time outside school, he is a keen squash player and enjoys walking his dogs whenever possible.
  • Mr. Geoff Woodfine - Department Technician