Design Technology

I made 5,127 prototypes of my vacuum before I got it right. There were 5,126 failures. But I learned from each one. That’s how I came up with a solution. So I don’t mind failure.
We always want to create something new out of nothing, and without research, and without long hard hours of effort. But there is no such thing as a quantum leap. There is only dogged persistence – and in the end you make it look like a quantum leap.
In order to fix [something], you need a passionate anger about something that doesn’t work well.

– James Dyson

There is no better subject than Technology to allow children to explore, make mistakes, develop their understanding of the world around them and at the same time be creative.

Technology at Orley Farm School is an extremely popular subject and with fantastic facilities and brilliant resources, we are able to expose our pupils to processes, machines and materials very few Prep schools can.


Marian Olivera Smith

Head of Design Technology