Welcome to the Design Technology Department
Design Technology has an important part to play in the lives of all young people, as they play an integral role in our society in the 21st century: a society which is increasingly influenced by the need for innovative and creative minds. Employers are expecting the next generation of school leavers to be able to tackle problem solving, work in teams, have sophisticated interpersonal and communication skills, be able to plan and multi-task as well working with creativity and developing a mastery of the practical skills associated with this subject.
Our aim is to offer the opportunity to understand the role that design and technologies play in today’s world and to provide a stimulating environment in which pupils will be able to work in a safe, informed, skilful and creative manner. We aim to arouse curiosity, develop ingenuity and enhance imagination through problem solving activities; develop confidence and enjoyment with practical problem-solving situations and encourage co-operation, creativity and a questioning attitude.
We hope that pupils will develop an appreciation of and respect for other people’s needs and that we can raise their awareness of the role technology plays in developing an understanding of economics and commercial and industrial production.
The faculty has dedicated workshops for each of the 5 areas of D & T and, in addition, a 20 station ICT suite and access to 20 laptop computers. There are four full time and one part time member of staff and a part time technician.
At Key Stage Three, pupils study in five areas of Technology: Electronics, Food and Nutrition, Graphics, Engineering/Resistant Materials and Textiles. They spend around 7 weeks in each area in years 7, 8 and 9 enabling pupils to participate in all aspects of technology extending their knowledge and developing new skills in preparation for Key Stage 4 courses.
Key Stage 4 pupils can opt to study the new GCSE Design & Technology where the pupils study core technical principles and then work in a specific area on specialist technical principles. The course includes a practical element and design folder worth 50% of the final grade.
The pupils can also opt for GCSE Food and Nutrition and/or Child Development.
In addition we also offer the option of B Tech Construction in the Built Environment.
Updated: Nov 2018