Design and Technology

Design & Technology Department
Studying Design and Technology includes the use of a broad range of knowledge, skills, and understanding, and prompts engagement in a wide variety of activities. Pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts. Through evaluation of past and present Design and Technology, students develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.

The Design and Technology curriculum aims to create successful learners who have a passion for knowledge; and encourage out students to make good progress and achieve excellence. Our goal is to develop confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives, ensuring our students are responsible citizens who can make a positive contribution to society

Our curriculum is designed to create an aspirational high achievement culture, considering individual needs and styles. Raising standards of attainment and inclusivity which allows everyone to experience success

Key Stage 3
Students study Design & Technology through a mixture of practical and theory work. In addition to the main materials areas of wood, metals, polymers, papers and boards and fibres. Students also study knowledge and skills relating to design and technology and our world, smart materials, textiles, electronics, Mechanical components and devices.

Key Stage 4- GCSE Design & Technology
Our students start their GCSE in year 9. This allows us to build on their skills and knowledge from year 7 and 8. We produce many projects throughout year 9 and 10 to enable students to be prepared for the work that they complete for their controlled assessment project which is 50% of their final grade. The focus of all of the projects is to cover the key topics of the written exam paper which contributes to 50% of the student’s final grade. This work is covered through practical and theory lessons. Students are encouraged to develop their own design style while being taught how to develop their design ideas, material choices, 3D drawing skills and manufacturing skills.