Design and Technology prepares students to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing technologies by learning to think creatively. It is all about solving real context based practical problems using a wide range of materials and components including Food, Textiles, woods, metals, plastics, smart materials, electronics and graphic media. We aim to equip students with relevant knowledge and safe working skills that will serve them well and enable them to pursue careers in diverse areas such as manufacturing, the creative product design and graphics industries, engineering and hospitality & catering. Whilst much of what we teach is academic, a central feature of student work is practical in nature and this is what motivates our students and makes Design & Technology challenging, relevant and fun.
The Technology team works hard to encourage, motivate and challenge students to achieve their best in designing and making in a variety of material areas. We take pride in the fact that our GCSE results are officially recognised as being consistently and significantly above the national average.
Our student survey tells us that the vast majority of students enjoy their learning since we try to be responsive to their needs.
Key Stage 3 students in Years 7, 8 and 9 have the opportunity to work in a variety of specialist areas involving Food, Textiles, Electronics, Graphics, CAD CAM and Resistant Materials.
In Years 10 and 11 students can opt for the following Technology GCSE subjects:
Homework; independent learning opportunities for technology students
Homework is regularly set on the Show my homework website and it is important that students access extra learning resources that are available on the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to extend their homework and aid their preparation for examinations and tests. There are some helpful links in the next section.