Design and Technology
Mr R Smith
Head of Design & Technology
Mrs J Scott
2 i/c Technology
Miss S Nuttall
Teacher of Technology
Mrs G Harris
Teacher of Technology
Mrs J Daniels
Mrs L Carter
The department consists of two workshops and three classrooms, which are well equipped with computers and technology equipment. In addition there are two smaller specialist rooms, one is dedicated to engineering and CADCAM, also with a 3d-printer, the other is a computer and study room.
The department is particularly well equipped with a full range of traditional tools and machines for working in wood, metals and plastics. We are also particularly well resourced with equipment for teaching systems and control, engineering, electronics and graphics. The department has a large number of PCs and all students in Year 9 Engineering and Design Technology will experience the Solidworks CADCAM software. All of our PCs are connected to the school network giving both Internet access and Intranet.
- All students at KS4 have two lessons of Design and Technology every week.
- At GCSE we offer Resistant Materials, Food, and Textiles; Engineering is also offered.
- All GCSE groups have three single 45 minute lessons.
- In years 12/13 the department offers EDEXCEL Product Design at AS and A2.
A dedicated and committed team of staff work with pupils of all abilities to help them to enjoy, experience success and achieve their full potential. All Students have the opportunity to design and make items using a wide range of media. They learn to think and intervene creatively to improve their and others quality of life.
The subject calls for pupils to become appreciative, creative, problem solvers, to work as an individual and as a member of a team. The use of IT and CAD/CAM is an important aspect of all our courses and all students are actively encouraged to use our extensive facilities to the full, before school and after school to enhance their design work and practical outcomes.
Two large workshops, equipped with hand and power tools, one large food-technology lab with ovens and plenty of worktops. One large textiles lab equipped with state of the art sewing equipment.
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In Year 7 students are introduced to the workshop, where they enjoy using a wide range of tools and equipment for the first time. Students use CAD/CAM together with a variety of traditional wood working tools to manufacture a mirror frame. Year 7 are also introduced to basic electronics and mechanisms when they make a mechanical bug project. This popular project covers properties of materials, joining methods and mechanisms.
In Year 7, food technology students learn about basic hygiene and safety, and how to identify and use equipment with increasing confidence. The main focus is healthy eating.
In Year 7, students learn to use a basic sewing machine and are then challenged to make a house mascot toy.
Year 8 students develop their knowledge of mechanisms by designing and making a mechanical toy.
Using their skills the year 8 students design and make food from around the world.
In Year 8 students make a hat based on the theme of music festivals. They are introduced to applique, batik and tie dyeing.
Year 9 students have the option to study the following courses:
- GCSE Design and Technology
- GCSE Engineering
- GCSE Hospitality and Catering
In KS4 students will have chosen their option to study for two years.
The available courses include:
- GCSE Resistant Materials
- GCSE Textiles
- GCSE Food
- BTEC First Certificate Engineering.
GCSE in Resistant Materials
Pupils will complete a design and make task, and also study aspects of the manufacturing industry.
Pupils will complete a major coursework project that will be worth 60% of their final mark. The written examination will be worth 40%.
The coursework project will require a design folder that demonstrates the ability to investigate problems, develop ideas, propose solutions, and plan how to produce their chosen design and show evidence of ICT work, especially CAD/CAM. Practical work must demonstrate a high level of skill and quality of finish.
In Year 10 pupils do a number of short design and make projects to help further develop their design and making skills ready for when they start their major project.
The projects are more focused on developing higher level practical skills using a range of workshop hand, machine tools and CAM. There is an emphasis on making high quality products. Pupils develop a deeper understanding of issues like quality control and risk assessment related to manufacturing in large quantities.
If you want to further your studies in Design and Technology you have a choice of the following A Level courses:
A-Level Product Design (Resistant Materials)
During the course you will study the properties of materials, how they can be shaped and used in product design. You will learn how to design and make a product. Computer aided design and make is taught together with other modern manufacturing methods. Design influence is an important part of the course and as a result students will be introduced to past and present designers. The course has a large practical element and includes using a range of techniques to shape and join materials. Welding is one of several joining methods and allows the student to work with metal with confidence.
There are many more topics that you will study all of which train you to be a confident designer and that will prepare you for the world of manufacturing.
BTEC Level 2 Award in Home Cooking Skills
You will study one unit of work called Unit 2: Home Cooking Skills (Level 2) which will ensure you will:
- Be able to plan a nutritious, home-cooked meal using basic ingredients
- Be able to prepare, cook and present a nutritious, home-cooked meal using basic ingredients
- Understand how to cook economically at home
- Be able to pass on information about cooking meals at home from scratch.
- How to draw, including techniques used in manufacture.
- Use of specifications, for example design, product, fabric, manufacturing.
- Prototyping and modelling important for development and manufacture.
- Development of pattern templates for own products.
- Planning for manufacture including quality control.
- High quality manufacturing showing a range of skills including those which are complex.
- Planned testing of product against specification.
- Formative and summative evaluation.