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    DTE Department is Number One!

    Top ranking for Kimbolton's DTE Department, in study that celebrates Sixth Form excellence.

    Our Design Technology and Engineering Department has been named England’s Top Sixth Form Performer for DT Product Design, in research recently released by Oxford Analytics.

    The news follows Kimbolton’s exceptional ranking in the Department for Education tables earlier this year, when we were placed third best school in Cambridgeshire for A Level results, and one of England’s top schools for improving pupils’ academic performance. Our ‘progress score’ (also known as ‘value added’) put us easily in the top 5% of state and independent schools, in the top three HMC schools, and ranked us 22nd out of 742 independent schools nationwide.

    Our DTE Department has a well-deserved reputation for excellence; in 2018, an impressive 87.5% of our DT Product Design students achieved A*/A at A Level. Several of our students have been awarded prestigious Arkwright Scholarships and, in the past two years, others have achieved considerable success in the ‘F1 in Schools’ competition.

    This latest study again considers ‘value added’, taking into account student progress from the end of Fifth Form, compared to similar students in schools and colleges across England. In plain English, this means Kimbolton School is the number one centre (value added) of all centres that taught A Level DT Product Design in England in 2017-18 – a fantastic accolade!

    Current Kimbolton parents can see examples of our students' work in our annual DTE Exhibition, which will be held in the Castle State Rooms on Monday 24 June from 4pm until 8pm. 

    Mr Kevin Spencer, Head of DTE, said: “DTE at Kimbolton covers a wide range of skills and techniques, from traditional woodwork to the latest rapid prototyping equipment. We offer pupils the chance to learn in a safe yet challenging environment, with an emphasis on producing work of the highest quality. As this study shows, whether a student is academically gifted or of more modest ability, we can help them fulfil their potential and achieve the best possible A Level results.”