Design & Technology
Through the provision of a well-resourced and well-maintained faculty with a friendly and safe working environment, it is the department's aim to provide a technology experience where every student can reach their full potential. Design & Technology is a subject that has the capacity to provide a wide range of skills that are invaluable in our technological society and has an unrivalled capacity to bridge other curriculum subjects. It is hoped that the communication, manufacturing, lateral thinking and planning skills that they have developed will have a significant and positive impact on all their work.
The core purpose of Design & Technology is to provide opportunities for students to develop their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding, in order to create quality products and prepare young people for future careers. We also offer GCSE Hospitality and Catering.
To foster awareness, understanding and expertise in those areas of creative thinking which can be expressed through planning, designing, research, realisation and evaluation.
To promote the development of a range of communication skills through designing and making.
To encourage students to identify areas of need and then proceed to resolve them through research analysis.
To encourage technological awareness and foster attitudes of co-operation and social responsibility.
To encourage the development of interactional skills through sharing and group based projects.
To promote a working understanding of common tools and fixing methods together with a knowledge of everyday technological terms.To promote an understanding of the properties of a wide variety of materials including resistant materials.
The teaching approach to Design and Technology is based upon two key features: (i) designing and (ii) making. Planning will ensure that relevant aspects of National Curriculum criteria are covered, as required, and assessed through Levels 2 to 8. The Technology Department offers courses in Resistant Materials, Graphics, Textiles and Electronics in Key Stages 2 and 3. In Year 9 students work towards completing an Entry Level Certificate in Resistant Materials, this is then built on in Years 10 and 11 when students work towards their GCSE qualification.