Design & Technology
Good design, creativity and developing good safe practical skills are at the heart of Design and Technology. This is a popular subject with students and has a high profile in the school with examples of students’ work exhibited or used throughout the school.
Facilities for learning in Design and Technology are excellent. The faculty has a suite of well equipped wood and engineering workshops together with 3 design studios equipped with 2 suites of Apple Mac computers with specialist graphic and design programmes. There is a well equipped food room as well as dedicated textiles areas. Students are taught by specialist staff in all areas.
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3 the subject is taught through a wide range of material areas that include: Resistant Materials, Food Technology and Textiles.
During Year 7 and 8 students experience work in all these areas with specialist teaching staff in well equipped dedicated areas. There is an opportunity to specialise in two of these areas in Year 9 and take a variety of enrichment courses.
Students are encouraged to express their creativity through a series of structured tasks and projects that leave scope for an increasingly high level of individuality. A strong emphasis is placed on producing products of high quality design and manufacture at all levels.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 the faculty offers a range of GCSE options that include; Resistant Materials, Food Technology and Textiles. These are practical courses with an emphasis on good design and the manufacture of high quality products.
Students are encouraged to develop their problem solving skills through a range of design tasks. Practical skills are taught throughout Year 10. This enables students to develop expertise in their material area and to choose and apply the correct techniques when developing their own work in Year 11 where emphasis is placed on independent learning and decision making.