Design and Technology is an enjoyable subject which offers pupils the opportunity to be creative and independent in their learning. AIMG_0973 Teaching and learning is dynamic and the expertise of staff within the department allows pupils to develop.
Pupils have the chance to work in an area of their choice at KS4, with current options including GCSE Product Design, GCSE Catering, BTEC Construction and the Jamie Oliver Award.  Class sizes are generally smaller than other subjects which allows for a greater emphasis to be placed on support within all lessons.  There is a clear and thorough assessment strategy in place for all pupils and this is especially important for GCSE courses as 60% of the final grade is Controlled Assessment, where pupils can research, design and develop a project of their choice.

Key Stage 3

The Design and Technology curriculum at KS3 offers pupils the opportunity to work with a wide and varied range of materials, ingredients, tools and equipment.  KS3 lessons are taught on a carousel with pupils completing four projects during each year.   These projects cover material areas of Food Technology, Materials, Electronics and CAD/CAM.  In each of these areas pupils are assessed on designing and making activities, with regular feedback given to enable pupils to develop and improve their attainment within the subject.

  Making Assessments






Year 7 Design and Technology

(each project lasts for 7/8 weeks and groups are taught on a rotation)

Materials – Plane Project.  Design and make a plane out of Plywood and Pine which is based inspired by your research. Practical work



CAD/CAM – Pen Project.

Design and make a pen based on a theme of your choice.  The pen will be designed on 2D Design and will be Laser Cut.

Practical work



Electronics – Wacky Racer.

Design and make a battery operated buggy which comprises of plastic and electronic components which will be soldered together.

Practical work

Designing and Modelling

Testing and Evaluation

Food – Introduction to Food.  Design and make a Healthy Soup and use as many different cooking processes as possible. Practical work

Designing and Planning



Year 8 Design and Technology (each project lasts for 9 weeks, with the Taster Projects lasting 5 weeks)

Materials – Design and make a Pewter Cast Pendant and a presentation box.  Pupils will use an acrylic cast to produce their Pewter Pendant and will make the box out of Pine. Practical Work

Research and Design Ideas

Plan and Make

CAD/CAM – Design and make a USB on a theme of your choice.  The USB will be designed on 2D Design, will comprise a number of components and will be Laser Cut. Practical Work

Ideas and Modelling

Testing and Evaluation

Food – Produce a range of healthy snacks and develop and make a snack of their own Practical work

Designing and Planning


GCSE Taster Projects – Pupils will sample mini-projects in Product Design, Catering and Construction.  Design and practical work will be completed with GCSE feedback given and advice on future options within D+T. Practical Work

Design Ideas




Year 9 Design and Technology

(Projects are longer in Year 9 give pupils a sample of GCSE Design and Technology)


Product Design – Design and make a Docking Station based on Inspiration of your choice.  The project will combine hand skills with CAD/CAM and will be fully operational Practical Work




Food – Multi-cultural Foods – pupils make and make a range of multicultural food and research a range of countries in order to design their own international dish with a focus on nutrition. Practical Work


Plan and Make



In this film some Year 8 students demonstrate how to use a Vacuum Former.

Key Stage 4

GCSE Product DesignAIMG_0949

This course is concerned with the design and manufacture of a variety of commercial products in wood, metal, plastic and compliant materials. You will learn to use CAD software, work with a range of materials, hand tools, machines as well as learning about design influences and sustainability.

GCSE Catering

This course focuses largely on the practical and theoretical aspects of food preparation in a professional context, as well as a range of general topics linked to the hospitality and catering industry. Areas of study include: food preparation, cooking and presentation, health, safety and hygiene, costing and portion control, specialist equipment, communication and record keeping, job roles and employment opportunities, including relevant training. The assessment involves the production of numerous food dishes which are assessed for their level of skill and suitability by teacher observation and external examination. The practical assessment tasks are further supported by a small portfolio of research, planning and evaluation presented as a A4 folder of work.

In this film some GCSE and BTEC work is on display at the 2013 exhibition.


BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Construction

This qualification has been designed to help you understand aspects of construction and the skills required to work successfully in the industry. You will gain the skills, knowledge and AIMG_1069understanding through a wide range of practical activities and will also develop your employability skills through working as a team member, meeting deadlines, and communicating with each other.

There is an opportunity to experience construction in the ‘real world’ by visiting construction sites and investigating health and safety on site.

There is an element of theory with this course and you will be required to complete an folder showing your understanding of tools, equipment and processes in construction.