Head of Department - Teacher of Textiles and Food

Miss Kate Bowen

Teacher of Resistant materials

Mr H Thomas

Mr C Gale

Teacher of Textiles

Miss G Essex

ds3071Design and Technology is a skills based subject that follows the design process used in industry. Within Design and Technology your child studies Food, Textiles, Resistant materials and Systems and control.

Design and Technology is about providing opportunities for students to develop their capability, combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to create quality products.

Within Design and Technology students use a range of communication skills, including verbal, graphical and modelling skills, to help their thinking and ability to take action in the process of designing.

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3

In year 7, 8 and 9 students are taught on a carousal basis and spend between 10 and 12 weeks in each focus area. S

All projects follow the Design Process and pupils work is assessed on the following areas of the design process:

  • Research
  • Designing
  • Planning
  • Making
  • Evaluating

Design & Technology: Food – This focus area gives pupils the chance to build up a key knowledge base of simple to more challenging cooking skills as well as having the opportunity to design and cook their own recipes.


Design & Technology: Textiles – This focus area allows students to experience working with fabric based materials and components to form fully functional quality products. Pupils analyse existing products and gain an insight into varying characteristic of different products to influence their own design work, including using professional sewing machines and traditional hand techniques.


Design & Technology: Resistant technology – This area aims to educate students to enable them to create and develop functional design work by thinking about the expectations and needs of people. Pupils build their construction skills by utilising timbers, boards, plastics and metals as primary materials to carefully make quality usable products.


Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4

Students are given the opportunity to further develop their skills by opting to carry on studying either textiles, resistant material or catering at GCSE level.

In year 10 pupils will undertake a range of projects in preparation for the externally set Controlled Assessment Task which student begin in September of year 11 and the exam which is sat at the end of year 11.