Inspiring students to work together, to be creative, solve problems, communicate their ideas and apply knowledge, skills and understanding of a range of materials and systems is our mission.

The Design and Technology department’s mission statement reflects, in it’s essence, our commitment to helping all students to reach their full Design and Technological capability in an environment in which every individual is valued and where mutual respect, tolerance and good relationships are the norm.

We have a strong belief in traditional values whilst also demonstrating our determination to apply the latest technologies and methodologies in curriculum delivery and design in order to ensure that our students are equipped to not only function but succeed in a Technological Society.

Every student in Year 7, 8 and 9 studies Design and Technology. Key Stage 4 students will choose one of five GCSE or equivalent level courses.

Key Stage 3

Students in Years 7 and 9 follow the National Curriculum for Design and Technology. Every student will study six modules each year. The suite of modules consists of:

  • Food Technology
  • Graphics
  • Product Design
  • Systems and Control
  • Textiles
  • Engineering

Students are taught in mixed-ability groups. Expected levels of achievement are: Year 7 E-1, Year 8 W-2, Year 9 1-3

Key Stage 4

Students may choose from the following range of exciting new courses

  • OCR Level 2 Cambridge National Certificate in Engineering Design
  • OCR Level 2 Cambridge National Certificate in Systems Control in Engineering
  • GCSE Design Technology (specialising in either Product Design or Textiles)
  • GCSE Art and Design Textiles
  • NCFE Level 2 V Cert Certificate in Food and Cookery
  • NCFE Level 2 V Cert Certificate in Creative Craft (working with wood, metal and plastic)


These courses are all equivalent to GCSE and are certificated on the 1-9 scale or equivalent.

In each of the design and technology subjects students will be expected to organise and plan effectively aspects of a design and technology activity, and to combine their designing and making skills to produce quality products.

The schemes of assessment consist of:

GCSE courses:

  • Written paper (50%)
  • NEA (non-exam assessment) 50% based on a ‘Contextual challenge’

OCR Level 2 Cambridge National Certificate and NCFE Level 2 V Cert certificate:

  • Written paper (25%)
  • Internally assessed assignments (75%)

As a department committed to creativity and innovation, we make full use of the most advanced computer technology. CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacture) features strongly in the entire suite of Design Technology subjects.

Last updated: 08-05-18

Key Staff

Miss S Worthington :
DT Technician

Name: Miss S Worthington

Role: DT Technician


Mr M Byrne :
DT Technician

Name: Mr M Byrne

Role: DT Technician


Mr P Taylor :

Name: Mr P Taylor

Role: Teacher


Mr T Reis :

Name: Mr T Reis

Role: Teacher


Mrs L Ashby :
Assistant Subject Leader

Name: Mrs L Ashby

Role: Assistant Subject Leader


Mrs L Venables :
Subject Leader

Name: Mrs L Venables

Role: Subject Leader


Ms D Gill :
Leading Practitioner

Name: Ms D Gill

Role: Leading Practitioner


Ms K Johansen :
Community Liaison Teacher

Name: Ms K Johansen

Role: Community Liaison Teacher