James Dyson has said that:
Design & Technology is about making things that people want and that work well. Creating things is hugely exciting: it is an inventive, fun activity.
Within our department, we provide a curriculum that focuses in on high-quality product production and the design of products that solve problems in the real world.
The subject of Design & Technology incorporates a number of specialist areas of study including Product design, graphic design, electronics and the use of some textile materials.
The subject links directly to a wide range of career pathways that are both fun and challenging. In keeping with the school aims our fundamental expectations of scholars are that they take pride in their work, always strive to do their best and respect the work of others.
It is important to us that pupils achieve and enjoy their time with us. Outside normal school hour’s department staff give generously of their time to provide evening booster sessions and holiday catch-ups.
Design and Technology prepares students for tomorrow’s rapidly changing technologies. Our aim is for students to become autonomous and creative problem-solvers, both as individuals and in teams. They are all encouraged to look for needs and opportunities in the world around us and they respond to them by developing and making a variety of products both at KS3 through the elective curriculum slots and at GCSE level in years 9, 10 and 11.
Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)
All pupils are given the opportunity to learn new skills, knowledge and expertise using a wide range of materials, including electronic components, wood, metal, plastic, and card.
Resource tasks are carried out to build up a student’s experience, knowledge and skills through the elective system.
Key Stage 4 (Year 9, 10 & 11)
Design and Technology is optional at Key Stage 4, students have the opportunity to follow the new 1-9 graded Design and Technology option and produce a product within the material areas of:
- Electronic Products
- Product Design
- Graphic products
This is a full GCSE qualifications through AQA. The specifications require students to complete a design and make project of their choice worth 50% of the final grade and a written examination, which is also worth 50%.
All students are set homework and the time spent on homework will increase as students’ progress through the Key Stages in line with school expectations.
The department has access to specialist workshop areas and a food technology room.
We also have access to computer facilities to allow our students to complete key-controlled assessment tasks. We have the capability to manufacture high-quality outcomes using specialist computer software and our laser cutter in our workshop based subjects, but while we believe in giving pupils skills within new technologies, we also allow our pupils to develop hands on skills to develop their ability to work with hand tools and manual machinery to produce quality products.