A Brief Introduction to the Technology Department


Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3, our students rotate around the department to gain insight into a broad range of experiences within Design & Technology and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).  Much of the work is of a practical nature, but with a focus on the design process.  Student’s research, analysis, design, develop ideas, make, computer skills and evaluation are built in across the year.  Students get the opportunity to experience workshop skills within Graphics, STEM and Textiles as well as life and job skills based around the kitchen environment in Food Technology. 

Key Stage 4

The GCSE syllabises we offer this year include AQA Food Preparation and Nutrition, AQA Food Technical Awards, OCR Graphic Technology, AQA Design and Technology and Open Systems and Advanced Manufacturing Technologies.  We offer a broad curriculum to support many students’ abilities and needs to ensure they are ready for challenges of college, apprenticeships and the work place.  In the coming year will be extended the number of courses to include subjects under the umbrella of GCSE Design Technology, which may include Textiles and Resistant Materials.  

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