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Pupils are enthusiastic and confident learners, who engage very well in class and clearly enjoy their learning.

ISI 2013

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Design and Technology is taught to all children at Key Stage 3 and is available as an optional subject choice both at GCSE as well as at A Level.

Within the Design and Technology umbrella, we offer our students three different yet complimentary options: Resistant Materials, Graphic Design and Textiles.Each of the three subject areas is housed in its own purpose-built facility. Our workshops are equipped with a range of tools - hand as well as electronic - along with larger, more industrial-sized machines. Access to ICT is central to all areas within our Department and we have our own Computer Aided Design suite with 16 networked PC’s.


Key Stage 3: All children in Years 7, 8 and 9 are taught a ‘foundation’ programme, involving problem solving, designing, making, testing and evaluating. Through a series of practical Design and Make tasks the pupils learn and develop creative as well as constructional skills, using materials ranging from wood, plastic, paper, card and fabrics. CAD/CAM is a key element to the programme, as well as learning ‘traditional’ workshop skills. The children have a double lesson each week (1.20 hours) and spend a term with each of our three subject specialist teachers.

Key Stage 4 – GCSE: Design and Technology is an optional subject choice for children in Years 10 and 11. At GCSE, we follow the AQA Specification for Resistant Materials, Graphics and Textiles. Class sizes are small due to the practical nature of the work being carried out, and the children receive two double lessons each week (2.40 hours).

Students are encouraged to seek out a real design opportunity and work closely with a ‘client’. Research, design and development work is recorded in a design portfolio. Project work will culminate in an artefact or prototype model that can be tested and evaluated in conjunction with the client.

Pupils are enthusiastic and confident learners, who engage very well in class and clearly enjoy their learning.

ISI 2013
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