The aim of design and technology is to provide students with the opportunity to combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs.

To design is much more than simply to assemble, to order or even to edit: it is to add value and meaning, to illuminate, to simplify, to clarify, to modify, to dignify, to dramatise, to persuade and perhaps even to amuse.”

– Paul Rand

Students are taught to use new technologies and the impact of future technological developments. Students learn to think creatively and intervene to improve the quality of life, solving problems both as individuals and as members of a team.

We develop well planned schemes of work, which facilitate:

  • creativity
  • continuity
  • development of key skills in design
  • development of key skills in practical processes
  • AFL (Assessment for Learning)
  • peer and self assessment
  • access to a wide range of experiences
  • promote an appreciation and understanding of form and function of products
  • self study techniques
  • success in academic qualifications

We offer focused extra curricular activities that promote an understanding of science, technology, engineering and maths and develop key skills.

Students also have the opportunity to:

  • take part in science, technology, engineering and maths competitions with other schools
  • meet visiting professionals from industry
  • work with external companies and the community on real design briefs
  • qualify for an Arkwright Scholarship
  • participate in relevant educational visits

The first term of key stage 3 is spent acquiring skills in all the areas of technology. Students then follow a carousel of six projects, loosely based on the key areas of design and technology (electronics, food, graphics, resistant materials and textiles) following the basic concepts of ‘mainly making, mainly designing and mainly thinking’.  At the end of year 8, students opt for specific subjects to follow in more depth in year 9. All students opt for three of six courses: electronics, engineering, food, graphics, resistant materials, textiles. At week 30 in year 9, students opt for the course that they wish to follow at level 2.


Exam board: AQA
Qualification: 8552
Contact: Mr Coxhead |

Why study product design?

GCSE Design and Technology (Product Design) will prepare students to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Students will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on design and technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors.

Students will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing, making and applying technical and practical expertise. This GCSE allows students to study core technical, designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials, techniques and equipment.

Students will choose a specialist area to study in greater depth such as textiles, timbers, polymers and electro-mechanical. This allows them to personalise the specialist technical principles to  align with their interests and future pathways.

If you enjoy problem solving, being creative, drawing, CAD, making things and want to learn more about how and why products are designed and made, then this is the course for you. You will investigate a variety of different products, materials, designers, design movements and systems to learn more about design and manufacture. You will learn how to make products, including investigating how products are made commercially. Our product design students are dedicated, hardworking and artistic – but with a love of all things technical too!

What will I study?

  • Core technical principles
  • Specialist technical principles (selection of materials or components; forces and stresses; ecological and social footprint; sources and origins; using and working with materials; stock forms, types and sizes, scales of production, specialist techniques and processes; surface treatments and finishes)
  • Choice of timbers, textiles, polymers, or electro-mechanical specialist technical areas.
  • Designing and making principles (e.g. studying the work of designers and companies, plus learning how to sketch like the professionals and use CAD to prototype products)

How will I be assessed?

  • Exam (2hrs)
  • Coursework (30-35hrs)

Exam board: OCR
Qualification: J841
Contact: Mr Coxhead |

Why study engineering?

Engineering design is a process used to develop and enhance new products and systems as a response to market opportunities. This qualification is an opportunity for students to develop a design specification and study the processes involved in designing new engineered products. They’ll use practical skills such as drawing, computer modelling and model making to communicate design ideas. The qualification will also encourage students to consult with a client and, with its practical focus, will engage them in producing, testing and evaluating a prototype in the form of a model.

  • It will develop your skills working from an engineering design brief
  • It will develop and broaden your design and CAD skills
  • It will develop and deepen your understanding of industrial engineering and manufacture
  • It will develop your practical and manufacturing skills
  • It will develop your evaluation and critical thinking skills
  • It’s valued by all employers
  • It helps you develop problem solving and communication skills
  • It’s the first step towards a rewarding career in engineering or further academic study

What will I study?

Design briefs, design specifications and user requirements:

  • the design cycle
  • design needs
  • design specification
  • manufacturing considerations
  • wider influences
  • regulations
  • safeguards

Product analysis and research:

  • how commercial production methods, quality and legislation impact design
  • how to complete effective product analysis of existing products
  • how to analyse an existing product through disassembly

Developing and presenting engineering designs :

  • how to generate, develop, communicate and present designs using CAD

3D design realisation:

  • how to plan making activities

How will I be assessed?

  • Design briefs, design specifications and user requirements – exam
  • Product analysis and research – OCR moderated coursework
  • Developing and presenting engineering designs – OCR moderated coursework
  • 3D design realisation – OCR moderated coursework

Exam board: AQA
Qualification: 8585
Contact: Miss Watkins|

Why study GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition?

GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition is an exciting and creative course which focuses on practical cooking skills to ensure students develop a thorough understanding of nutrition, food provenance and the working characteristics of food materials. At its heart, this qualification focuses on nurturing students’ practical cookery skills to give them a strong understanding of nutrition.

  • It’s important for everyday life!
  • It’s a holistic subject and is respected by universities
  • It helps to improve skills in cooking, health and nutrition

What will I study?

  • Food, nutrition and health: macro nutrients, nutritional needs and health
  • Food science – cooking of food, heat transfer and the functional and chemical properties of food
  • Food safety – food spoilage, contamination and the principles of food safety
  • Food choice – factors affecting food choice, British and international cuisines, sensory evaluation, food labelling and marketing
  • Food provenance – environmental impact and sustainability of food, food processing and production

How will I be assessed?

  • Written exam (1hr 45mins)
  • Written report (1,500–2,000 words) including photographic evidence of a practical investigation
  • Written portfolio (15 A4 pages) including photographic evidence