Design and Technology

In design and technology pupils combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs. They learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. They learn to think creatively and intervene to improve the quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team.

Working in stimulating contexts that provide a range of opportunities and draw on the local ethos, community and wider world, pupils identify needs and opportunities. They respond with ideas, products and systems, challenging expectations where appropriate. They combine practical and intellectual skills with an understanding of aesthetic, technical, cultural, health, social, emotional, economic, industrial and environmental issues. As they do so, they evaluate present and past design and technology, and its uses and effects. Through design and technology pupils develop confidence in using practical skills and become discriminating users of products. They apply their creative thinking and learn to innovate.

At Key Stage 3, pupils’ experience designing and making in the areas of Fashion and Textiles, Food Technology, Graphics, Product Design, Systems and Control. They design and make a variety of products in line with National Curriculum requirements. Pupils have access to an exciting range of materials and equipment from simple hand tools to state of the art computer aided design and manufacturing centres. Skills and knowledge progress in all areas through years 7, 8 and 9 to provide a sound foundation at Key Stage 4.

All pupils have the opportunity to study these areas of design and technology at GCSE along with Food & Nutrition GCSE.

Pupils’ are taught to:

  • be creative and innovative when designing;
  • be creative and critical thinkers;
  • understand the role that designers and product developers have;
  • the impact and responsibility they have on and to society;
  • consider health and safety in all its aspects;
  • design for manufacturing in quantity and to be aware of current commercial/industrial processes;
  • consider environmental and sustainability issues in designing products;
  • plan and organise activities;
  • select and use tools/equipment and processes to produce quality products;
  • understand the advantages of working as part of a team when designing and making products.

The department is well resourced with access to IT facilities in every room. Each area of the subject is delivered in specialist rooms that provide a modern and stimulating environment in which pupils work. We continue to benefit from additional resources through the school’s arts specialist status and GCSE results are consistently well above the national average.