Key Stage 3
In Year 7 and 8 all pupils follow a wide course of Design and Technology which covers Electronics, Food and Nutrition, Graphics, Resistant Materials and Textiles throughout the year for two hours per week. In Year 9 pupils opt for three subjects that they work on over the year, one subject per term where projects offer more challenge. Pupils follow the Design and Technology National Strategy which focuses on designing, making and creativity and this ethos is instilled in the students throughout the key stage.
Projects are based through different subjects where students may follow a design and make assignment, or stand-alone design tasks, stand-alone making tasks as well as presentations, and understanding design and technological issues.
In Year 7 we visit Making It! Discovery Centre where pupils make a product, package it and learn about manufacture in industry.
We also run Year 7 Rocket Day, Year 8 India Day as well as support Science Week through the STEM Agenda offering Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths projects taught during the week.
In Year 8 we give females the opportunity to take part in a two day Females into Industry Challenge with Siemens and in Year 9 we offer Construction Day to students who work with engineers and people from the construction trade on several different projects during the day.
Key Stage 4
At the end of Year 9 pupils are encouraged to choose an area to study for GCSE Design & Technology in Key Stage 4, which includes:
- Electronic Products
- Food Technology
- Graphic Products
- Resistant Materials
- Textiles Technology
Pupils follow a course that spans two terms, which teaches the knowledge and understanding through design and make projects with linked theory. After Easter of Year 10, pupils embark on their controlled assessment coursework (60%), which includes designing and making a product in their material area.
Whole day workshops are arranged by the department which focusses on a particular area of the syllabus centred around a manufacturing and industrial theme. Pupils make and take home their products from the day.
We also run national competitions within the different material areas, such as the Toyota Solar Powered Car, F1 Racing Car and Print It competitions, as well as local County competitions for Electronics in Schools. We also try to visit local companies to gain an insight into industry to support learning back in the classroom.
At the end of GCSE students can decide to take Product Design from Resistant Materials and Graphics, Systems and Control Technology from Electronic Products and Resistant Materials, and Textiles from Textiles Technology and Graphic Products, and Graphics from Graphic Products and Textiles.
The department is well resourced with specialist rooms for product design, electronics, food, textiles and graphics. We also have a 6th form room and a CAD suite of computers, as well as a computers in every classroom , available for research and project work.
Mrs J Wilson (AHoD)
Miss A Ortiz-Alcazar
Mrs C Owbridge
Mr I Pindar
Mrs A Thompson-Moulding
Mrs L Wesley
Mr N Wright