Design & Technology
Design and Technology is taught in a state of the art technology suite by dedicated and enthusiastic staff. We hope to encourage the next generation of Engineers, Fashion Designers, Caterers, Architects and Product Designers through our own love of making. Students are challenged to design and manufacture products in a range of subject areas including Graphics, Product Design, Textiles, Food and Electronics.
Technology Clubs take place each week. Please see latest after school events for details. Technology trips and workshops occur throughout the year including: Knit and Stitch, STEM visits, STEM workshops, visits to Coca Cola Enterprises and the V&A Museum, fashion show rehearsals, fashion show garment production sessions, and green cars.
Students use skills gained in Years 7 and 8 to showcase their understanding and knowledge by producing products to real life briefs. This involves using hand, electrical and CAD/CAM equipment, processes and techniques.
In Year 9, students who reached their target grade in Year 8 select one of three technology subjects to study.
In Food, students further develop their skills, understanding and knowledge to an industrial brief to prepare them for the Hospitality and Catering Level 2 course. Students consider the key technical terms, produce menus and make products for a client. This stretches and challenges students to think about the needs of others, nutritional information and HACCP.
In Fashion and Textiles, students design for the specific needs of young children or design and make items for the annual Fashion Show. Continuing to use CAD/CAM, students challenge their existing knowledge and skills to design to their own specification. This stretching task prepares students for the GCSE Textiles projects where they will have to research into their chosen artists and challenge their own knowledge and skill to develop samples further.
In Engineering, students work to a set brief but have to develop accuracy, understanding of properties, techniques, CAD/CAM, processes and use their problem solving skills. This builds up resilience to prepare them for the GCSE Product Design course.
In Graphics and Architecture, students develop their drawing skills through a wide range of media and techniques, stretching and challenging them to work to the high standards of graphic artists and famous architects. They develop skills of analysis and learn how to explore design packages such as Photoshop. These skills will ensure that they will be able to access the Art GCSE courses with higher level graphics skills.
In Product Design, students work on a range of mixed material projects from tape dispensers, massage rollers and compact mirrors, developing their CAD/CAM skills, using a wider range of materials and processes, developing their resilience to more complex tasks and more accurate use of equipment. These projects build up problem solving skills that they can then use in GCSE Product Design.