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Design and Technology

UPDATE 26/03/20 - all senior phase classes who have completed course work have been asked to work towards gaining either a Bronze or Silver IDEA award. The only exceptions are H/AH Design & Manufacture, AH Engineering Science and AH Graphic Communication who have assessment tasks to complete and submit by 10:00 on Monday 30/03/20. These will be required as evidence of their learning and to help inform their estimated grades. Senior phase classes are being communicated with via Microsoft Teams which they can access via their GLOW account. 


UPDATE 24/03/20 - materials added onto Show My Homework for S1-3 pupils. They have been asked to work towards gaining either a Bronze or Silver IDEA award, which is an internationally recognised digital skills award. Please see the website and Show My Homework for further details. Work for Senior Phase courses should continue as planned - Design & Manufacture classes should continue with their folios as these will be needed to work out their estimated grades. Other classes should re-familiarise themselves with the course content, particularly if they are continuing onto study Higher or Advanced Higher. If they are not continuing with the subject then then should also be studying towards gaining an IDEA award.  


*In the event of a school closure there are revision materials on the specific subject pages for the Design & Technology department and any tasks that will be given out to pupils to complete will be done so via Show My Homework*



At Blairgowrie High School we offer the following Design & Technology subjects:

Design & Manufacture

Graphic Communication

Engineering Science

Practical Woodworking


For an overview of our subjects please read our Course Choice Leaflet:

Course Choice Leaflet



Miss L. McKenzie (PT)

Mr L. Farrell

Mrs K. Rae (maternity leave)


S2 Faraday Challenge Day

36 S2 students became real-life engineers for a day when they researched, designed and built solutions to real engineering problems as part of the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Faraday Challenge Day on Wednesday 15th May 2019.

This year’s challenge is in association with the James Webb Space Telescope but the brief for these young engineers is shrouded in secrecy to avoid unfair preparation and research. Teams must race against the clock to solve a real-life engineering problem, putting their engineering and technology knowledge and skills to the test.

 The events aim to encourage more young people to study and consider exciting and rewarding careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) by using creativity, innovation and problem-solving skills.

The winning S2 team was:

Grace Anderson, CJ Ferrie, Jamie Howes, Fred Kelly, Katie Nixon and Katy Tripney. They each won a £10 Amazon voucher and the school was awarded a trophy.

S2 Faraday challenge winners


Graphic Design Festival Scotland - Young & Powerful poster competition

On Friday 25th May 2018, Victoria from Graphic Design Festival Scotland visited us in order to work with S4-6 pupils who study Graphic Communication.

Young & Powerful was a national poster competition, celebratory exhibition and series of workshops giving young people aged 8-26 the opportunity to engage with design and inspire their peer group, which took place between 12th March–1st October 2018, across Scotland. Four of our pupils were selected from around 1,500 entries to be amongst 80 posters showcased in a public exhibition at the Lighthouse Museum in Glasgow City Centre.

The four pupils were Ardal MacKenzie (S4), Ellis Powrie (S6), Nicole Robertson (S4) and Georgina Sturrock (S5).