Design and Technology

There are six specialist Design and Technology staff who teach across the age and ability range in Key Stages 3 and 4.  Three of the team also deliver A Level GCE Product Design.

We employ two technicians who are highly valued members of the team, one supporting Resistant Materials /Graphics and the other supporting the department in Food and Textiles.

The Design Technology Department covers the subject areas of Food, Textiles, Resistant Materials, Graphic Design and Product Design.  There are two food rooms, one textiles room, three workshops and two graphics/ICT suites.  Each room has a data projector and access to computers linked to the internet. There is a variety of CAD/CAM equipment and other specialist 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 per week and cover four of the Design and Technology subjects during the year; in Year 7 all students receive two one hour lessons per week and cover Resistant Materials, Food and Textiles. Assignments follow the Key Stage 3 National Strategy guidelines and each student has a workbook to accompany their project work, which are graded under the 9-1 criteria.

In Key Stage 4, students can select from four Design and Technology subjects as one of their option choices. Design and 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:

GCSE Design and Technology: Textiles or Resistant Materials.  NCFE Level 2 Technical Award in Graphic Design Wjec Level 2 Hospitality and Catering   At Key Stage 5, the Department deliver Edexcel A Level Product Design. Students receive ten one hour lessons per fortnight with additional expectations regarding commitment to completing coursework.  

The Department actively enter students in relevant Technology competitions and run school trips locally, nationally and within Europe, which enhance the learning within lessons and for students to understand Design and Technology in a broader context.  The Department also runs a number of after-school sessions, providing smaller, personalised support groups for students to complete their practical work.