Design & Technology

Head of Faculty:  Mr Parker:
Head of Subject: 


“The teaching of quality design and technology in our schools is a vital requirement for the country’s future in the 21st century. If D&T is side-lined where will our next generation of engineers, designers and inventors get their inspiration from?”

Sir James Dyson

Design and Technology is an essential part of today’s curriculum. Virtually everything you see, use and buy has been designed and made by an engineer, whether it is a chemical, mechanical, textiles, biological, civil or aeronautical engineer. Without Design and Technology in schools these valuable, creative and dynamic skills will be lost.

Engineering is Britain’s 6th biggest export and we have a worldwide reputation for engineering excellence. To just keep up with the current demand we need to produce 200,000 engineering graduates each year.



The Faculty is very well resourced having dedicated learning spaces for Food Technology, Textiles Technology, Graphics, Resistant Materials, Systems Electronics and Engineering. The Faculty has its own IT suite of fixed Pc’s and a class set of laptops with wireless connectivity. Each of these learning spaces is equipped with interactive white board technology.

The Faculty has state of the art computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacture (CAM) capability (2D and 3D machining, in hard and soft materials).

In Years 7, 8 , (Key Stage 3) all pupils follow a common course of Design and Technology learning; pupils have equal access to all aspects of the Faculty; visiting each one several times on a modular rotation. The aim of this time is to provide learning toward an understanding of design generally and to introduce the learners to a full range of material for making products. Each module lasts approximately 20hrs.

For example, pupils in Year 7 create a Clock using CAD/CAM and the laser cutter – hard materials; A themed cushion and some basic dishes e.g. cous cous – soft materials. Pupils are given the opportunity to develop Personal Learning and Thinking skills (PLTs) through their research and design work. Work booklets are used to enhance learning and show how the pupils have developed their skills and ideas.

Work is displayed in school as a part of celebrating the success of the pupils.


Design & Technology at Key Stage 4 is a popular option and over the years results have gone from strength to strength. From 2013 all courses offered will be GCSE specification. Courses on offer include:

GCSE Resistant Materials: helps students develop the ability to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques.

This specification requires students to develop their knowledge of woods, metals, plastics and composite materials. Other materials may also be used and the use of new technologies is also encouraged.

GCSE Engineering: enables students to develop skills and understanding which will be of use generally and as part of a progressive career path leading to further technical or academic engineering qualifications. This covers mainly metals and electronics. This is a new course.

GCSE Design and Technology: Food Technology helps students develop their creativity, with making of food products a vital feature of their experience of taking this specification.

This two unit specification requires students to develop their application of knowledge and understanding when developing ideas, planning, producing products and evaluating them.

All of the above courses have a 60% Controlled Assessment in order to recognize the importance of practical work within this subject. The remaining 40% is made up of a 1-2 hour examination testing pupil’s subject knowledge.

For the Controlled Assessment project all pupils will have to produce a practical project and folder work (20 pages of A3) based on set design briefs from AQA exam board.


Design & Technology is taught by three Design and Technology specialists who all have experience in their chosen speciality. Miss J Cheeseman is Head of Department and teaches Resistant Materials and Engineering at GCSE, plus Electronics and Resistant Materials at KS3. Mrs K Juggins teaches Food Technology at both KS 3 & 4 and Opening Minds. Mrs Bindon teaches Textiles in KS3, and Art in both KS 3 & 4.

The Technology Department is supported by two other members of staff, Mrs B Brumby, Engineering technician and Mrs J Ireland, Administration and Technology technician.

Teaching Area

Adjacent, well-maintained, classrooms. Fully fitted workshops.


The Faculty has its own IT suite of fixed Pc’s and a class set of laptops with wireless connectivity. Each of these learning spaces is equipped with interactive white board technology. Other equipment available: wireless visualizers, Laser Cutter, Cam 2 machines (cutting PCB’s), Lathes, Pillar drills, routers, CNC Miller, CNC Lathe, Camera’s, Electronic equipment, Power and Hand Tools.

Extra Curricular

Please contact Miss Cheeseman for details of extra-curricular activities in Design & Technology


Pupils from technology go on to successful careers in Engineering, Plumbing, Carpentry and Joinery courses. A few of our students have told us that they achieved the highest scores ever on entrance exams given by colleges.