Design & Technology

We believe that Design and Technology is a subject that can help us to understand and give meaning to the world in which we live and, as such, we strive to make our students think about the world we are living in. Through our curriculum we aim to provide students with an experience that is exciting and ensure that our students combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking.  

We support our students to aspire through their learning experiences to standards of excellence intellectually, practically, and aesthetically. Each student experiences a variety of media and techniques. In KS3 students will develop their skills and understanding with progressive complexity and sophistication, so that they are able to make informed choices and work with increasing independence into Key Stages 4 and 5.

We support students in learning to co-operate and negotiate and be able to share good practice and learn from others. We develop students’ awareness of the impact of design and design technology on society and expect them to achieve by applying a variety of skills from the wider curriculum together with those specific to, Design and Technology to produce effective and considered prototype products.

We enable students to enjoy their learning in, Design and Technology and to gain transferable skills that will help them in other curriculum areas and in life. Our curriculum has strong links with Maths and Science.

 We aim to enable our students to become:

  • successful independent learners who enjoy learning, understand how to make progress and achieve to their potential;
  • confident self-managers and team-workers, who are willing to take risks and keep an open-mind about new ideas and techniques;
  • responsible citizens aware of the role they play in society and the importance of art, design and technology in contributing to society;
  • confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.

The facilities and expertise in the area enable these aims and values to be explored through  Food Preparation and Nutrition , Design and Technology and , Graphics. Our curriculum is designed to lead to excellence at every level, providing our students with a strong foundation from which to excel in further , Design and STEM related studies.  

Staffing

Mrs K Robbins: Curriculum Leader Design & Technology

Mrs A Savage: Director of Sixth Form and teacher of Design Technology

Mrs J Winship: Teacher of Design & Technology / PSHCE

Mr B Savage: Teacher of Design & Technology

Mrs S Smith: Teacher of Design & Technology

Mrs L Robinson: Teacher of Design & Technology

Mr I McLaren: Technical support   

Resources and facilities

Within the department we have two workshop areas for multi-media work, an ICT room which includes a laser cutter, Die cutter 3d printer, CNC machine and a sublimation printer and we have a Food room, which allows a full class to cook together, as well as a Food demonstration room. We also have facilities for textile studies which is taught through the Design and Technology curriculum. 

KS3

In Key Stage 3 in Design and Technology we offer opportunities for students to:

  • develop their designing and making skills;
  • develop knowledge and understanding of materials, components and structures;
  • nurture creativity and innovation through designing and making;
  • explore values about and attitudes to the made world and how we live, work and interact within it;
  • develop a critical understanding of technological processes, products and their manufacture, and how they contribute to our society;
  • prepare for making a contribution to life and work in a technological society;
  • relate and apply knowledge and understanding from across the curriculum;
  • develop confidence and enjoyment in the design process;
  • seek to stimulate imagination and inventiveness through the student’s first-hand experience and by reference to the imaginative work of others;
  • appreciate and value individual responses in their own right;
  • provide opportunities for students to experiment, initiate, make choices and act on them.

Key Stage 4

Students opt from the range of courses in both Design and Technology

Courses currently offered at GCSE in Design and Technology area

GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition Eduqas

Assessment- 2 Controlled assessment tasks one worth 15% and the other 25% . Written exam 50%

GCSE Design and Technology  AQA

Assessment- Controlled assessment Design and Make project 50% written exam 50%

NCFE LEVEL 2 Technical award in graphic design 4 internal units and 1 classroom based practical exam
 
Key Stage 5

AQA Product Design Assessment- Controlled assessment Design and Make project 50% written exam paper 1 30% paper 2 20%  

Extra Curricular

Year 9 competition. Design Ventura - the students work in teams to compete in a national design competition. This year 13,000 students have entered. The students have been set the brief of designing a product that helps with everyday problems. If the students make the final, they will be invited to pitch their idea to a panel of designers in London. The winning product idea will be developed, manufactured and sold in The Design Museum shop in London. We believe this is a fantastic opportunity for the students to understand how 'real' designers work
September – December.

Year 8 - Actuation sequence challenge.
As a team the year 8 students compete to produce an actuation sequence. They have to base their design on a chosen theme and include the four main movements. Reciprocating, linear, oscillating and rotary. The competition runs throughout the year and prizes will be given to winning team.

Year 7and 8 Chefs of the Year
At the end of the school year students will be selected to receive Chef of the Year prizes.  The students will need to show they have been independent and resilient throughout their food lessons.