- To develop their designing and making skills;
- To develop students personal learning and thinking skills in a DT environment;
- To develop their capability, through combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding of how to design and make products;
- To nurture creativity and innovation through designing and making;
- To explore values about and attitudes to the made world and how we live, work and interact within it;
- To develop a critical understanding of technological processes, products and their manufacture, and how they contribute to our society;
- To prepare for making a contribution to life and work in a technological society;
- To relate and apply knowledge and understanding from across the curriculum;
- To gain an understanding of the issues of equality within Design and Technology.
The Design and Technology Faculty is currently moving through a period of exciting development and rejuvenation. In recent years there has been a substantial and ongoing investment in the faculty, ensuring students benefit by accessing the very latest designing and manufacturing technology.
Design and Technology is taught in three separate locations within the school. The Textiles department consists of two spacious teaching rooms with access to network computers and CAM sewing machines. The Food department benefits from two teaching areas and a shared computer network room. Resistant Materials and Graphics are taught in three well equipped workshops with two dedicated computer network rooms and a range of CAM equipment including an A2+ Laser cutter. All areas are supported by technical staff.
In KS3 students follow a product design curriculum which is closely aligned to the National Strategy for DT. As part of this curriculum students experience a series of units designed to enhance their design and technology capability. Food Technology is studied by all students in KS3, in years 7 and 8, as part of the product design curriculum offered. Towards the end of Year 8, students make choices about what area of DT they wish to specialise in Year 9 and they can make a further choice in Year 9 to continue with that subject in KS4.
We offer five choices of subjects in KS4; Food, Graphics, Resistant Materials, Product Design and Textiles. Each subject is offered as a GCSE with Food also being offered as an Entry Level Certificate. At KS5, two courses are offered; Product Design AS/A2 and Art and Design Textiles AS/A2. All areas have produced an excellent record of exam success.