Miss A Blythe, Deputy Subject Leader - Textiles: Fashion and Fabrics
Mr R Lewis - Resistant materials: Wood, Metal, Plastics; Graphics: Paper and Card
Mr M Smith - Graphics: Paper and Card; Head of Sixth Form
Mr M Hughes - DT Technician
Mrs H Westbury - DT Technician
Miss J Cavalla - DT Technician
In the Design and Technology Department we aim to inspire our students through promoting an environment of creativity, active learning and practical application providing the opportunity to develop both subject specific and transferable skills.
Our curriculum aims to provide, rigorous academic and practical projects taught through a wide range of discreet disciplines providing different contexts for Designing and Making. Increasingly students are encouraged to develop ideas, skills and techniques to design and manufacture products that solve problems using the range of equipment and materials available within the comprehensively equipped department where we have kept up with the fast paced changing world of technology, and benefit from a range of CAD/CAM machines including a Laser Cutter, 3D printer, HASS CNC Milling Machine, CNC Router, Versa Camm wide format digital printer as well as two suites of PCs that run Photoshop, 2D Design V2 and Solidworks 3D.
Projects challenge students to consider their own and other’s needs, wants and values and enable them to gain an understanding of political, social and environmental factors to work towards informed and enterprising young people. We aim to broaden our student’s minds by promoting understanding of the impact of these on daily life and the wider world. Design & Technology has a major role to play in the rapidly changing world where it makes an essential contribution to culture, wealth and well-being of all.
Key Stage 3
All students study Art, Design and Technology at Key Stage 3.
Students will be introduced to the subject areas through a range of projects, written to develop their skills and creativity. These are delivered through rotations to ensure they are taught by subject specialists. The art projects will encompass many of the art formal elements such as line, tone, colour, pattern, texture and form. They will research a wide variety of contemporary artists and designers as well as developing ideas. The Technology projects will introduce key skills such as Identifying and investigating design possibilities, producing a design brief and specification, generating design ideas, developing design ideas, realising design ideas and analysing & evaluating
The skills developed in Year 7 will be revisited and refined and students will produce work which stretches their ability to develop their skills further and experiment with a wider range of materials, techniques and processes. They will evaluate their own and others work and justify their own opinions whilst generating and developing design ideas.
Students will be taught in discreet areas. This will enable students to undertake more in-depth projects which will facilitate resilience when responding to a theme. The projects will bridge the gap between KS3 and KS4 and be written to reflect the content of the GCSE syllabuses.
Key Stage 4
At KS4, students have the opportunity to choose to study a Design and Technology course.
At KS4 we offer a suite of qualifications: GCSE Resistant Materials, GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition, GCSE Graphic Products, GCSE Engineering, GCSE Textiles and NCFE Creative Crafts, L1 BTEC Construction, L1/2 BTEC Fashion and Clothing. At KS4, students have the opportunity to study a Design and Technology course to GCSE. We currently offer Food Technology, Product Design and Textiles Technology.
Students are able to participate in a wide variety of clubs, trips and activities within Design and Technology.