There are seven specialist Design Technology staff who teach across the age and ability range in Key Stages 3 and 4. Four of the team also deliver AS and A2 Level GCE Product Design, Level 3 BTEC Fashion & Clothing and Level 2 Bricklaying to Sixth Form students.
There is a Construction Teaching Assistant dedicated to the department, providing support for students within Construction lessons at Key Stages 4 and 5.
Two technicians are employed, one for Resistant Materials /Graphics for approximately two to three days a week and one for Food/Textiles five days a week.
The Design Technology Department covers the subject areas of Food, Textiles, Resistant Materials, Graphic Products and Construction. They are taught in two food rooms, one textiles room, three workshops, two graphics suites and one specialist construction block. Each room has a data projector and access to computers linked to the internet. There is a variety of CAD/CAM machinery throughout the department and all staff are encouraged to learn how to use the facilities accordingly.
Students in Years 7 and 8 are taught in mixed ability groups. In Year 8 all students receive two one hour lessons a week; in Year 7 all students receive one hour a week. Assignments follow the Key Stage 3 National Strategy guidelines and each student has a workbook to accompany their project work, which implement the new numbering system.
In Key Stage 4, students who opt to take a Design Technology course are currently taught in mixed ability option groups and receive four one hour lessons a fortnight over three years.
From this academic year, students can opt to study the following courses:
At Key Stage 5, the department deliver Edexcel A-Level Product Design; Resistant Materials and Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Specialist Qualification in Fashion and Clothing. These are both very popular and successful courses. AS students have nine one hour lessons a fortnight and A2 students have ten one hour lessons a fortnight. City and Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Bricklaying is also offered at Key Stage 5, which is accepted as a direct route into employment. This is also a very popular choice for students who are looking for employment opportunities after post 16 education.
The department actively enter students in relevant Technology competitions and run school trips locally, nationally and within Europe which are devised to enhance the learning that takes place within lessons. The department also run a number of after school support sessions.