Design Technology

Mr J Reay (Subject Leader)  
Mr G Carter
Mrs S Anderson
Mr G Cocker
Mr M Redden (Technician)

Design and Technology is an important area of study because it enables young people as consumers to consider the wider implications of design within the constraints of living in a modern industrial society.

Design and Technology is taught in three rooms. This includes a computer suite, a multi-media workshop and a dedicated food preparation room . We have CAD/CAM equipment, including a 3D milling machine, a plotter and a laser cutter. We have a range of tools and machinery for manipulating materials including, band saw, scroll saws, hearth, woodworking lathe, pillar drill, thermo forming equipment and sublimation printing equipment. The Food Preparation and Nutrition room includes both gas and electric cookers. There is a range of equipment to enable the prototyping and manufacturing of food products. All the D.T rooms are equipped with interactive smart-boards and additional student computers and laptops available in all working areas.

At Key Stage 3 all students experience design and manufacturing activities in the areas of Product Design, Graphics, Electronics and Food. In Year 7 and 8 students are allocated two periods of 50 minutes per week. In Year 9 students are allocated a single period of 50 minutes. Each year they will experience 3 distinct areas, Product Design, Food, and Electronics with Graphics. Learning skills and developing understanding is largely delivered through project based tasks.

At Key Stage 4 students study either GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition or GCSE Product Design over three 50 minute periods each week. Product Design & Food Preparation and Nutrition are both practical subjects that have a considerable hands-on-content where the main activity focuses around products and manufacturing. (You cannot opt to do both subjects)There is an application of specialist knowledge to design and make situations with an emphasis on the client and a real outcome to tasks set.

In the Sixth Form Students study Product Design at A level. This creative and thought provoking qualification gives students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers, especially those in the creative industries.

They will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning in to practice by producing products of their choice. Students will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, alongside the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers. This qualification is Linear. Students will sit all their exams and submit all their non-exam assessment at the end of the 2 year course of study.