Design and Technology

In Design and Technology all students have the opportunity to design and make quality products using a range of materials and components. Practical projects enable students to develop skills in working with wood, plastic, metal, food electronics and computer aided graphical design.

Key Stage 3

Yr 7 and 8 are taught Design and Technology in a carousel system. In both years students spend approximately 9 weeks in each of four main subject areas:

  • Food
  • Graphic Products
  • Textiles
  • Resistant Materials /Systems & Control

At the end of Yr 8 students choose two of these four subjects to study in Yr 9. At this stage students are expected to work in greater depth. At the end of year 9 students will opt for one subject to study for GCSE in Yrs 10 and 11. 

Key Stage 4

AQA GCSE Design and Technology.

Graphic Products, Textiles and Resistant Materials are practical subjects which require the application of knowledge and understanding when developing ideas, planning, producing products and evaluating them. All D&T students follow the same structured course irrespective of their subject choice.

The courses have been designed to encourage candidates to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques. Students will be challenged by the range of practical activities possible. Students are required to produce a single design-and-make activity selected from a choice of set tasks, consisting of the development of a made outcome and a concise design folder and/or appropriate ICT evidence. As part of the evidence submitted, students are expected to include photographs of their finished products as well as photographs at various stages of the process.

Hospitality and Catering

Hospitality and catering is offered as an option at KS4. Students can study for the WJEC Hospitality and Catering Double Award GCSE. Hospitality and Catering is a wonderful subject that allows students to gain two GCSE awards. In year 10 the students study the Catering element of the syllabus being assessed by two formal practical assessments with accompanying written coursework and sitting a written exam in the summer. In year 11 they study the Hospitality element of the syllabus being assessed on organising and carrying out an event with accompanying coursework followed by a written exam in the summer.

Throughout this course students develop their practical skills in the kitchen producing a range of high quality dishes and products. All food produced is either a main family meal or a treat, for example coriander chicken curry is made in the first half term and chocolate éclairs are made in the run up to Christmas.

Enrichment

  • A wide range of enrichment activities are available in Techology including:
  • Ready Steady Cook
  • Rotary Technology Tournament
  • Rotary Young Chef of the year competition.
  • Textiles club
  • GCSE catch up sessions in all subjects.
  • Girls Engineering after school club (KS3)
  • Boys Engineering after school club.
  • STEM activities.
  • Lunchtime open access to ICT.
  • Evening of Excellence exhibition.
  • Young Chef Club
  • Cookery Club
  • Charity Bake sales
  • Professional Chef mentor visits