Design and Technology
In D&T students develop passion and curiosity for how the world around us works, and learn skills to enable them to be independent in later life.
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.
We aim to:
Develop in pupils Technology capability through designing and making artefacts, systems and environments in response to needs and opportunities identified by them and through focused tasks.
Teach pupils to draw on their knowledge and skills from other subjects and their growing understanding of the needs and beliefs of other people and cultures, now and in the past.
Create a stimulating environment by effective use of displays of pupils' work.
Develop and encourage active participation in the pupils' own learning through establishing safe work habits and self-discipline.
Allow pupils to work both individually and as a part of a team.
Provide opportunities to work with textiles, graphic media, such as paint, paper, photographs, and resistant materials, such as metal, wood, and plastics.
Arouse curiosity and awareness of the world in which they live through project work in the contexts of the home, school, community, business and industry.
SUBJECT LEADER: Miss L Spencer email@example.com
SUBJECT TEAM: Mr D Gardiner, Miss K Macdonald, Mrs C Stevenson & Mrs H Graham
Examination Courses Offered
AQA GCSE Resistant Materials Technology
AQA GCSE Food Technology
AQA GCSE Graphic Products
AQA GCSE Product Design
WJEC GCSE Catering
Edexcel A-Level Product Design Graphic Products
Edexcel A-Level Product Design Resistant Materials
AQA A-Level Food Technology
STUDENTS THAT HAVE GONE ON TO STUDY AT UNIVERSITY
Students typically have gone on to study Degree subjects in the following disciplines:
- Product Design
- Interior Design
Ollie Ward, a past pupil at the school, gained a first class honours degree in Product Design at Nottingham Trent University and then got a 6th month secondment to work with Nestle in Switzerland. He is now branching out and developing his own product designs. This year Jamie Reeve and Kate McShane have gone to Nottingham University to start Design courses. Daniel Cooling has started his degree in Product Design following an A* grade achieved in A2 Product Design with Graphics.
EXTRA CURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES IN THE SUBJECT
In order to enhance our students’ learning we provide a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities in the form of industrial links and visits. Typical examples are as follows:
Yr 11 GCSE Coursework Support – Running throughout the year, these afterschool sessions are offered by Food Technology, Resistant Materials, Graphic Products, Child Development and offer GCSE students the opportunity to improve, or to simply have extra support in understanding the tasks involved in completing the student work as part of their course. See subject specialist teacher for details.
Yr 7 & 8 Christmas Cooking Club – An eight week programme where students learn to cook festive treats such as pudding cake pops, classic mince pies, herby sausage rolls and pretty tree decorations.
Yr 9 Cooking Mentors – Fancy taking part in something rewarding, challenging and fun that improves your people skills, gets you working with younger students, and helps you learn new cooking skills along the way? At various times throughout the year you will be able to attend Primary school cooking sessions, where you will support and deliver cooking skills to Yr 5 & 6 students from local Primary schools.
Educational Visits - Last year, students were given the opportunity to take part in many educational visits, including:
- The Design Museum, London
- The Product Design New Designers Exhibition, London