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.

Additional information

Progress ladder and learning journeys

Our progress ladders show how student thinking and skills typically improve in each subject.

Click to view the progress ladder for D & T

Learning journeys

Our learning journeys can be used to understand each subject in more detail.

Please view our learning journeys from year 7 to year 13

Design and technology
Engineering
Food preparation and nutrition
Product design

Key Stage 4 courses

GCSE design and technology (product design)

Exam board: AQA
Qualification: 8552
Contact: Mr Coxhead | gcoxhead@tuxford-ac.org.uk

How will I be assessed?

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

Engineering - Cambridge national

Exam board: OCR
Qualification: J841
Contact: Mr Coxhead | gcoxhead@tuxford-ac.org.uk

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

GCSE food preparation and nutrition

Exam board: AQA
Qualification: 8585
Contact: Miss Watkins| cwatkins@tuxford-ac.org.uk

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