Simon O’Malley, Head of Design & Technology



Wolverhampton Grammar School
Compton Road
West Midlands

  • BA (Hons) Wolverhampton University
  • PGCE West Midlands Consortium
  • Member of the Design & Technology Association

As Head of Department, Simon is responsible for the delivery of design & technology as a subject discipline across the school. Simon leads a team of 2 teaching staff utilising a purpose built Design Studio, CAD/CAM Modelling Studio and Workshop. The department also utilises Sublimation Printer and Presses as well as a 3D Printer.

The aim of the department is to challenge students to become better inventors, designers and entrepreneurs. Although design & technology is a practical subject, it also demands both analytical and creative skills and requires students to learn theory as well as ICT, Biotechnology Systems and Control, Design in Society and Sustainability.  The subject is therefore multi-disciplinary in its approach with close links to History, Art, Maths and Physics departments.

Students learn to explore the world around them. Field trips, attendance at the Big Bang Fair and an EES Residential at the University of Birmingham are all part of the experience.

The department has a great team atmosphere with all staff and students supporting each other. Staff genuinely care about the ongoing educational and personal development of all their students.

Simon’s research interests include the effective use of technology in the classroom.

As Head of Department, Simon is the School’s EES Scheme Coordinator, he also overseas all applications to the prestigious, annual Arkwright Scholarship – a national scheme that recognises the brightest and best new engineering talent.

Simon is also an under 14’s Football Coach at the school.

Simon’s teaching career has included posts at independent and state schools including  Aldersley High School and Wrekin College. He has worked for Wolverhampton Grammar School since September 2001

“The fantastic learning environment and creative atmosphere within all students is second to none. Students are genuinely engaged and love the subject.

This is a fantastic community to be part of and all colleagues are supportive. The students are true ambassadors of the school’s ethos. I have a superb and well equipped department to work in and I appreciate this every single day.”

Simon is a dad to two small children.


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