Design & Technology
Design and Technology is taught in a state of the art technology suite by dedicated and enthusiastic staff. We hope to encourage the next generation of Engineers, Fashion Designers, Caterers, Architects and Product Designers through our own love of making. Students are challenged to design and manufacture products in a range of subject areas including Product Design, Textiles and Food.
Technology Clubs take place each week. Please see latest after school events for details. Technology trips and workshops occur throughout the year including: Knit and Stitch, STEM visits.
Students use skills gained in Years 7 and 8 to showcase their understanding and knowledge by producing products to real life briefs. This involves using hand, electrical and CAD/CAM equipment, processes and techniques.
In Year 9, students can choose to extend their skills within Design Technology and study for a NCFE Level 2 Qualification in Creative Crafts, with a specialism in Food Technology or Craft/Product. All students across the year group will continue their lessons in Core Technology; they can opt to focus their studies in one of the following:
In Food, students further develop their skills, considering the theme of sustainability within food and the consequences of the choices that we make in our lives. The increased complexity of these dishes, challenges all students, teaching them important life skills as they continue to mature.
In Product Design, students work towards producing a lamp as a final outcome, within this project they are developing their CAD/CAM skills, using a wider range of materials and processes and developing their resilience to more complex tasks and more accurate use of equipment. This project builds up problem solving skills that they can then use in GCSE 3D Design.
In Textiles, students will use the creative textiles techniques they studied in Years 7 and 8 to develop a soft toy that would be suitable for a local manufacturer.