Design & Technology

Subject Overview

The Design and Technology Department is a thriving area of the school that provides the opportunities needed to express and develop creativity. In Key Stage 3 all students study Design and Technology through working in the areas of: Textiles, Product Design, Systems and Control, and Cooking and Nutrition. At the end of Year 8, students choose option subjects for GCSE. In Technology, they choose from Food Preparation and Nutrition, and Design and Technology. Subjects offered at A Level are Design and Technology: Product Design and Design and Technology: Fashion and Textiles. Students are also offered a Level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition.

Teaching Aims and Objectives

Design and Technology prepares students to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing technologies. Students learn to think and intervene creatively to improve the quality of life. The subject requires students to think critically and to become creative problem-solvers, as individuals and as members of a team. Students identify opportunities and respond to them by developing a range of ideas and by making products and systems. They acquire practical skills and also learn to understand aesthetics, social and environmental issues, industrial practices and the functional requirements of products. Students naturally reflect on Design and Technology, past and present, and evaluate its uses and effects. Through their work in Design and Technology, all students can become innovators, well able to judge the effective use and design of a wide range of products.

Teaching in the Design and Technology Department seeks to:
  • create practical learning experiences that promote success and raise attainment
  • establish an interactive dialogue with students at a challenging pace
  • introduce real scenarios and design issues that are meaningful to students
  • motivate students through design tasks in which students take ownership of their work and own learning
  • value and celebrate students’ creative and innovative contributions, encouraging openness to ideas and critical reflection
  • allow students to work collaboratively in groups, sharing ideas
  • explore with students the diversity of the application of design and technology in different cultures and the past.
Course Information In Years 7 and 8, students study within a carousel system and experience four different areas of Design and Technology each year. Year 7 is based on developing a wide range of practical skills, and in Year 8, following a visit to the Harry Potter, Warner Brothers Studio Tour, students work to the same design brief across the different areas of Design and Technology. Within each rotation, all students have the opportunity to produce quality practical outcomes, with the relevant theory work to support the manufacturing processes. Examinations
GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition AQA
GCSE Design and Technology AQA
GCSE Engineering AQA
GCE D&T: Fashion and Textiles AQA
GCE D&T: Product Design AQA
Level 3 Diploma Food Science and Nutrition WJEC
Department Resources The Department is equipped with a wide range of CAD/CAM equipment which is available for use within all key stages. Each specialist area is equipped to enable students to design and produce high-quality products.
  • Subject Leader: Sylvia Patchett
  • Student Achievement Manager: Sheila Watts
  • Teachers: Yousaf Amir, Ian Boulter, Peter Iveson, Avnish Majethia, Rebecca Raynor, Nicki Strachan
  • Technicians: Richard Kanachowski, Sarah Richardson