Design and Technology

Subject Leader Product Design: 


Subject Leader Textiles:



Subject Leader Food Preparation & Nutrition:







  • To develop their designing and making skills;
  • To develop students personal learning and thinking skills in a DT environment;
  • To develop their capability, through combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding of how to design and make products;
  • To nurture creativity and innovation through designing and making; 
  • To explore values about and attitudes to the made world and how we live, work and interact within it; 
  • To develop a critical understanding of technological processes, products and their manufacture, and how they contribute to our society;
  • To prepare for making a contribution to life and work in a technological society;
  • To relate and apply knowledge and understanding from across the curriculum;
  • To gain an understanding of the issues of equality within Design and Technology.



The Design and Technology Faculty is currently moving through a period of exciting development and rejuvenation. In recent years there has been a substantial and ongoing investment in the faculty, ensuring students benefit by accessing the very latest designing and manufacturing technology.

Design and Technology is taught in three separate locations within the school. The Textiles department consists of two spacious teaching rooms with access to network computers and CAM sewing machines. The Food department benefits from two teaching areas and a shared computer network room. Product Design (Resistant Materials) is taught in two well equipped workshops and a range of CAM equipment including 3D printers and an A2 Laser cutter. All areas are supported by technical staff.

In KS3 students follow a Design and Technology curriculum which is closely aligned to the National Strategy. As part of this curriculum students rotate through three separate Design Technology subjects - Product Design, Textiles and Food Technology, all taught by subject specialist staff. Students will experience one term in each subject per year. Each term they will undertake an exciting project which will develop their investigation, designing, making, testing and evaluating capability. Towards the end of Year 8, students choose their GCSE options.

We offer three choices of GCSE subjects in KS4; Food & Nutrition, Product Design and Textiles.  At KS5,  AQA Product Design A-Level is offered.  All areas have produced an excellent record of exam success.

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