Design & Technology is a truly cross curricular subject. It allows students to be creative, to work with different materials, to solve real problems, and to draw on knowledge from mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art – and to put that knowledge to use.
Currently, students in years 7 and 8 follow a rotation of 8 modules to cover the subject areas of Food, Textiles, Product Design, Graphics, and Systems & Control. There are clear links between all of these areas, but also important and interesting differences.
In Year 9, students opt for 2 of these areas to study as preparation for options at GCSE.
The options for GCSE are presently Food, Product Design and Textiles: however, this is due to change from September 2017 when new government guidelines will come into effect for the subject. Boundaries between areas like Textiles and Product Design will then cease to exist.
This will be a challenge, but Design and Technology will continue to encourage the students to be creative and to enjoy their work. By delivering modern, stimulating projects the department is able to raise standards of achievement whilst also helping to prepare students for the modern world. All Design & Technology projects involve problem solving, creativity, logical thinking, meeting people’s needs, and healthy living – as well as traditional skills such as numeracy through measurement.
All projects teach skills that students can readily transfer to their lives outside the classroom. There is currently a shortage of people for jobs in the creative, manufacturing and engineering industries in this country: qualifications in Design & Technology are an excellent first step towards those opportunities.
Technology Teaching Staff
Mr. N. Kells – Head of Faculty
Mrs. A. Draper – 2nd in Faculty/Head of Textiles
Miss S. Oldacre – Head of Food
Mr. N. Dooley Edwards – Product Design Teacher
Miss J. Sidaway – Textiles Teacher
Mr. S. Ruthven – Food Instructor
Technology Support Staff
Mrs. T. Bourne – Food Technician