Design and Technology

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Staff Contact Details

Mrs B Smith (Head of Faculty)

Mr C Connell (Teacher of Design and Technology/Key Stage 5 Coordinator)

Mrs P Przybyla (Teacher of Design and Technology)

Mr G Parsons (Teacher of Design and Technology)

Mrs S Munnelly, Mrs S Reed, Mr B Smeath - Technicians

Curriculum Overview

The processes which are central to our subject require pupils to integrate knowledge, skills and understanding whilst working with materials in order to design and make products that meet real-life needs.

It is the combination of, and movement between, thought and action that helps to make the subject distinctive in our curriculum.

Following a two year KS3 skills and knowledge preparation course, all pupils study design and technology to GCSE which they begin in Year 9. The current options provide courses in each of the following areas:

  • D & T: Graphic Products
  • D & T: Food Preparation and Nutrition
  • D & T: Product Design
  • D & T: Textiles Technology


Technology in the Sixth Form

Students have the option to study Product Design up to A2 and they follow the AQA syllabus.


In Years 7, 8 and 9 pupils have two periods of technology. In Years 10 and 11 pupils have three periods including a double period for practical activities.


The department comprises a suite of subject specific classrooms. All areas are well-equipped ensuring that students are afforded every opportunity to experience industry standard equipment and ready them for a potential career in their chosen specialism.

In Product Design, pupils design and make products using CAD/CAM including CNC milling machines and laser cutters.

A Graphic Products area provides pupils with facilities to design and make products through printing, sublimation and laser cutting.

In Texiles Technology, pupils use sewing machines, including CNC, to produce high quality textiles products, carefully incorporating traditional textiles skills alongside new technologies, such as sublimation.

There is also an air-conditioned Food Preparation and Nutrition room which is well-equipped with both gas and electric cookers, refrigerators and a dishwasher.

Name Date  
Year 8 Technology Preferences 2016 1st March 2016 Download >