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We aim to develop skills which will enable each student to identify and creatively design solutions to problems or situations as they arise, taking into account the fast moving technology of the 21st century.

We aim to enable our students to critically evaluate existing products and solutions, identifying what works well and what could be improved upon and designing ways this could be achieved.

We encourage students to consider the wider implications to climate change and the environment when designing solutions and to investigate and identify the most appropriate material and manufacturing methods available.

We expect students to consider the individuals for whom the design is intended, and to take into account any social, moral, cultural and religious issues involved when designing solutions.

Key Stage 3 curriculum model

All classes in KS3 are of mixed ability and spend one rotation in each of the subject areas, being taught by a subject specialist, in any one year. Students study textiles, electronic products, graphics, food technology, resistant materials, product design and engineering. Students work will be assessed at the end of each unit and a level given based on the national curriculum identified skills.

The curriculum enables students to:-

  • Identify and analyse problems requiring a designed solution.
  • Plan and use relevant research to inform, and prepare criteria to follow when designing solutions.
  • Think creatively about a number of possible solutions and evaluate and make considered choices.
  • Investigate and evaluate products, systems and ideas identifying a "best fit" for purpose.
  • Investigate manufacturing systems and new technology and relate this to every day products.
  • Develop skills in the application and use of CAD CAM.
  • Become competent in a range of practical and transferable skills.

There is also an 'Extended Learning' programme for students in Key Stage 3.  Read more about this on the Extended Learning web page

Key Stage 4 Curriculum model

We offer the following GCSE courses at KS4:

  • WJEC Catering.
  • AQA Graphic Products
  • AQA Resistant Materials.
  • AQA Textiles Technology.

KS5 Curriculum

From GCSE students progress onto 'A' level  in AQA Product Design study, leading to college or university, where they could study subjects including architecture, engineering and product design, amongst others. The qualifications they then obtain can lead to work in such fields as car design, graphic design in the multi-media sector and in the film and television industry

Who we are

We have five specialist trained, Design Technology teachers, and three technicians, all of whom are passionate about preparing students for future careers.

Mrs K. Phillips, Head of Faculty & Teacher of Technology

Mrs A. Guest, Teacher of Food Technology

Miss K. Fox, Teacher of Technology

Miss D. Jordinson, Teacher of Art

Mr J. Swindles, Teacher of Art

Mr K. Potter, DT Technician

Mr D. Crook, DT Technician

Mrs A. Potter, Food Technician

Further Information

If you would like to discuss any aspect of the school curriculum please email: