Design & Technology

Design and Technology impacts on all aspects of the life of the students and in the department we aim to raise the students’ awareness of design and construction of items. We give them the opportunity to develop their individual capabilities, through combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to create quality products. The department places emphasis on “quality” products as there is great benefit in students experiencing success and seeing and handling products that are well made. In addition we see the preparation of young people for citizenship in a technological society as a central activity within the subject.

Department Staff:

Mrs Mary Parry-Sargent (Head of Department)
Mrs Joy Taylor
Mrs Louise Newman
Mrs Louise Curel
Mrs Charol Chandler
Technicians: Mr Ken Blackhurst, Mrs Jill Midgley and Mrs Helen Strickland

Department Facilities:
The Design and Technology Department consists of a series of specialist rooms, 2 wood and metal rooms (1 being used to build an aircraft in), a food room with an additional classroom area, a CAD/ CAM and computer room, a graphics room and a textiles room. All rooms are well equipped with a range of machinery, computers, overhead projectors and up to date software programs.

Structure at KS3:

Years 7
Students study all areas of Design and Technology, these being Food, Resistant Materials, Textiles and Product Design. The work is themed in Food, being based on ‘Multi Cultural’ aspects. Resistant Materials make a spatula and desk tidy, both wood based products. In Product Design they produce a mini light and key fob. Whilst in Textiles all pupils design and make a ‘Puggly’. Emphasis is put on Health and Safety, together with learning basic skills in all areas.

Year 8 Students study all areas of Design and Technology, these being Food, Resistant Materials, Textiles and Product Design. The work is themed in Food, being based on The Garden Centre Coffee Shop project. In Product Design the pupils complete a project entitled ‘Chunky Chocolate’. Resistant Materials design and make a table light, using the lazer cutter to maximize effect. Design and construction skills are developed in Textiles as pupils design and make a tote bag.

Year 9
All areas are covered twice in Year 9 to enable pupils to experience each one before they decide their options for Year 10. Textiles has a practical unit, where a hat is made, followed by a design project, which widens the pupils experience of Textiles in general. In Food focus is firstly on cakes, followed by Cook Chill products. An Innovation Challenge is undertaken by pupils in Product Design, widening their design skills, followed by a ‘Pot’ project, where clay is used to manufacture the product. Resistant Materials focuses on mechanical Toys in the first rotation, followed by a pewter casting unit.
Structure at KS4: Design and Technology is an optional subject at GCSE, where the four areas studies at Key Stage 3 are offered, namely Resistant Materials, Product Design, Textiles and Food. All areas use WJEC, which allows skills to be learnt and developed in Year 10, followed by controlled assessment and examination in Year 11. There are 60% of the final grade obtained from the controlled assessment and 40% from the examination. All the subject areas are delivered in well-equipped rooms, which allow pupils to use a range of practical skills in their work.

Notable Achievements:

The department works closely with our feeder primary schools, offering primary students the opportunity to visit the Design and Technology department, working alongside our pupils. We are one of six schools in the country to be part of the Boeing Build-a-Plane challenge, with pupils building a two seater light aircraft, which will fly when completed. The department is continually revising and developing to provide the students with an enriching experience in Design and Technology.

Child Development

This is an optional subject offered in Key Stage 4, which is a GCSE subject, using the OCR examination board. Pupils cover a range of information, producing 3 set short tasks and one in-depth Child Study. The pupils also sit an examination at the end of Year 11. It is important to note that all pupils taking the subject must have access to a young child, to use as their subject for the Child Study.

Health and Social Care

This is an optional subject offered at Key Stage 4, which in Year 11 is a BTEC using the Edexcel examination board and in Year 10 is a GCSE following the Welsh board (WJEC). In both years pupils study both health provision and social care services. They also look at the development of a person throughout their life, considering what makes the individual healthy or unhealthy. In Year 11 the pupils must complete 4 units of work, at either pass, merit or distinction levels. The GCSE requires the completion of one piece of work as a controlled assessment, with an examination at the end of Year 11.