Head of Faculty: Mr P Harvey

Design & Technology Department

Department Staff


  • Mr P Harvey - Head of Faculty
  • Mrs T Waterhouse - Joint Head of Sixth Form
  • Miss B Kirkaldie
  • Mr J Wiltshire



Department Introduction

In Design & Technology pupils combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs. They learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. They learn to think creatively and intervene to improve the quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team. Through design and technology pupils develop confidence in using practical skills and become discriminating users of products. They apply their creative thinking and learn to innovate.
(QCA 2007)

Key Stage 3

Pupils learn and undertake activities that contribute to the achievement of the curriculum aims for all young people: to become successful learners who enjoy learning, making progress and achieve; confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives; responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.

In Years 7 and 8 pupils experience all areas of the Design and Technology Department through a carousel system. On each cycle students will gain a range of valuable design and practical skills, including CAD/CAM alongside the skills covered in the Food room. Although the emphasis of the course is on practical work, the underpinning theory is also examined.

Key Stage 4

We offer a 2-year Edexcel GCSE course in Graphic Products and Resistant Materials and a 2 year course AQA GCSE in Food Preparation and Nutrition.  

Food Preparation and Nutrition teaches a variety of practical culinary skills, pupils will develop their knowledge and understanding of a wide range of ingredients, nutrition, equipment, processes, current health issues and technological developments used in the food industry. 

For further information, please see the AQA website

Graphic Products covers a wide range of products including packaging, point-of-sale display, architecture, interior and garden design and 3D product (concept) design.  Apart from learning a variety of practical designing and making skills, pupils will also develop their knowledge and understanding of industrial and commercial practices.

Resistant Material covers a wide range of activities based on designing and making products that are manufactured using materials such as wood, metal and plastics in many forms. As well as learning hand skills, pupils use a range of industrial processes to shape and form materials into functioning products.  

All three areas  allow pupils to develop a whole range of creative designing and making skills, technical knowledge, and understanding relating to food/graphic/RM products and invaluable transferable skills such as problem solving and time management.

The GCSE is assessed through two units: Unit One is a Creative Design and Make Activity (coursework) and Unit Two is a written exam on the Knowledge and Understanding of the chosen material area.

For further information, please see the Edexcel website

Key Stage 5

Edexcel GCE in Product Design: Resistant Materials and Product Design: Graphic Products.

There are four units in the GCE.

Unit 1 (60% of AS/30% of A2): 
Portfolio of Creative Skills. Students develop their creative, technical and practical skills through a series of product investigation, design and manufacturing activities.  

Unit 2 (40% of AS/20% of A2): 
In this unit students will develop a knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials, components and processes used in the design and production of their chosen area. They must also learn the fundamental principles underpinning their subject and the various techniques involved.  

Unit 3 (40% of A2/20% of GCE): 
In this unit students will develop a knowledge and understanding of a range of topics related to their chosen area.  Students should have a comprehensive knowledge of the main commodities, their composition, processing and other related matters.  A sound knowledge of related contemporary lifestyle issues and new product development is particularly important.  Similarly, how consumer behaviour, demographics, modern lifestyles and sustainable issues have an influence on new product development as do new technologies and materials.

Unit 4 (60% of A2/30% of GCE):
In this unit students are given the opportunity to apply the skills they have acquired and developed to design and make a product(s) of their choice.  In order to reach high attainment levels, students must adopt a commercial design approach to their work, reflecting how a professional might deal with a design problem and its resolution.  A key feature of this unit is that students consider issues related to sustainability and the impact their product may have on the environment.


The Technology department offer lunchtime and afterschool sessions whenever required.

In Product Design we enter many regional, national and international challenges. We regularly compete and are successful in the Formula One in Schools challenge, where students design and model a F1 car. We compete in the rotary club innovation competition (also winners) where students design products to aid lives in some way, as well as many others throughout the year and for all ages. We have visits to the New Designers exhibition, to local industry, design lectures, and many more.