Design Technology

The department has six spacious and well equipped teaching areas. Students can work with a wide range of materials such as wood, metal, plastics, food, textiles, graphics and control technology. All areas are supported with ICT facilities allowing students to use computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacturing (CAM).

We aim to:

  • Teach students to use the powerful process of designing, in which new ideas are conceived and taken from the mind’s eye into the made world.
  • Introduce them to the use and application of a wide range of modern technologies
  • Encourage, through designing and making so students can think and intervene creatively to improve quality of life.
  • Stimulate students to become autonomous and creative problem- solvers, as individuals and members of a team.
  • Ensure that through design and technology students become innovative and enterprising citizens and learn to become discriminating and informed consumers.
  • Teach students to critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
  • Ensure that students understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

Years 7-9

We follow the National Curriculum in years 7-9.

Students are taught in mixed ability groups throughout. Resources that are useful in supporting study include:

  • Skills in Textiles by Rose Sinclair, Heinemann publications ISBN:9780435421144
  • Design and Technology: Graphic Products Nelson Thornes
  • Food Technology Foundations Eileen Chapman Collins ISBN - 13: 9780003294910
  • KS3 Skills in Resistant Materials Peter Gale Heinemann publications.
  • offers useful practice and information.

All areas encompass research and design development and manufacture and evaluation.

Year 7 Topics include:
Resistant MaterialsAutomata. Focus on mechanisms and movement. Properties and working characteristics of wood. Health and safety and woodworking machinery and tools. Working in a team.
Textiles Juggling Bags. Focus on Health and safety and correct use of hand and machine sewing. Dying and printing colour application.
Product DesignBiomimicry Shelter. Focus on structures and development of an accurate scaled architectural model for a school shelter through the process of iterative design and development and modelling in Computer Aided Design.
Food Basic Cooking Skills. Focus on familiarising pupils on school kitchen health and safety and basic techniques to make nutritious meals.
Year 8

Topics include:
Resistant MaterialsSustainable Holder. Focus on environmental and moral issues in design, health and safety and metal working machinery and tools.

Textiles Culture Cushion. Focus on investigating materials and advanced surface application with a cultural influence using industrial techniques and methods,
Product DesignMemphis Light. Focus on plastics. Health and safety and heat related machinery for manipulating and forming. Simple electronic circuit and soldering.
Food Staple Foods. Focus on preparing wholesome family meals and developing skills to include a balanced diet and nutritional healthy knowledge.

Year 9 Topics include:
Reinforcement of Year 7 and Year 8 skills. Design theory and individuality is encouraged in Year 9.
Resistant MaterialsPlastic Metal. Focus on developing use of metals in conjunction with plastics through industrial finishes and processes incorporating CAD and laser cutting.
Textiles LEDC (Designing and making for a Less Economically Developed Country) Designing and manufacturing clothing using recycled materials for children around the world, predominantly Africa.
Product DesignEco Speaker. Focus on electronics and recognition of components and constructing circuits. Development of CAD and graphic skills to develop a 3D cardboard housing.
FoodAdvanced cooking skills. Focus on pastry techniques and producing intricate solutions.

GCSE Technology

Subjects available as GCSE options are Resistant Materials, Textiles and Food Preparation and Nutrition.

Students are able to opt for more than one Technology subject if they wish, although they must bear in mind that managing coursework deadlines in more than one technology subject will be very challenging.

Qualification GCSE Resistant Materials
Board AQA
Syllabus number 4562
Website link
Assessment details 60% coursework, controlled assessment
40% terminal exam
Recommended coursebook AQA GCSE Resistant Materials
Ian Fawcett/Roger Smith
Nelson Thornes
ISBN 070-1-4085-073-0
Recommended revision guides AQA GCSE Resistant Materials
CPG books ISBN 9781847623539


Qualification GCSE Design Technology: Textiles
Board AQA
Syllabus number 4570
Website link
Assessment details 60% coursework, controlled assessment
40% exam
Recommended revision guides AQA GCSE Design and Technology Textiles Revision Guide
CPG ISBN 978-1847623515

 The coursework element of the AQA GCSE is measured against 5 Criterion:

  1. Investigation and design content
  2. Development of design proposals
  3. Making/manufacturing
  4. Testing and evaluation
  5. Communication, including spelling and grammar
Qualification GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition
Board WJEC/Eduqas
Syllabus number 601/8093/6
Website link
Assessment details 50% coursework, controlled assessment:
Component 1: Principles of Food Preparation and Nutrition
Component 2: Food preparation and Nutrition in Action
Assessment 1: The Food Investigation Assessment
Assessment 2: The Food Preparation Assessment
50% exam
Recommended coursebook and revision guide

Food Preparation and Nutrition
Publisher: Hodder Education (29 April 2016
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1471867501
ISBN-13: 978-1471867507

Year 11 Catering

This qualification has been reformed and the current year 11 will be the last to sit in June 2017.

Qualification GCSE Catering
Board WJEC
Syllabus number 4730
Website link
Assessment details 60% coursework, controlled assessment
40% exam
Coursework details In Year 10: Unit 1a 20%Three hour practical and supporting work
In Year 11: Unit 1b 40%Three hour practical and supporting work
Recommended coursebook Hospitality and Catering for GCSE
Judy Gardiner/ Jacqui Housley
Hodder Education
ISBN 978-1-4441-5389-7
Recommended revision guides

WJEC Hospitality and Catering: My study notes
Judy Gardiner Hodder Education or
WJEC Catering
CPG books
ISBN: 9781847629883


At least one of Technology rooms is open every lunchtime and every night after school for GCSE students who need to use the facilities to extend their work or need additional support. Some students are directed to attend these sessions as an early intervention strategy to prevent them from falling behind. The sessions are supervised but permission to attend is reserved for those who use lesson time to good effect.

Ofsted Outstanding School
Peak 11
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