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Welcome to Design & Technology


Mrs E Beasley

A-Level Graphic Communication, GCSE DT, Graphic Communication, KS3 DT

Mr C Stansbury

GCSE Design & Technology, KS3 Product Design, EPQ Co-coordinator for Sixth Form

Mrs R Southall

A-Level Graphic Communication, GCSE DT, GCSE Graphic Communication, KS3 DT

Mrs K Johnson

GCSE & KS3 Food Preparation & Nutrition teacher, KS3 Design & Technology

Miss E Hubbard

A-Level Textiles, GCSE Design & Technology, KS3 Design & Technology

Miss E Smith

GCSE & KS3 Food Preparation & Nutrition teacher

Miss S Hunt

Learning Support Assistant & DT Technician

Mrs S Sherriff

Food and Textiles technician
About Our Subject

The Design and Technology department strive to see students aspire to and achieve success at Key Stage 3, GCSE level and onwards into A-Level Graphic Communication and Fashion & Textiles.

In Key Stage 3, students get to experience Materials Technology, Graphics and Textiles. The department aims to inspire and fire the student’s imagination and sense of creativity through various design and make projects. Basic skills are taught through focused practical tasks and these lead to greater freedom with making products in the trial option year 9 academic year. As well as traditional methods, students are also introduced to CAD (Computer Aided Design) and CAM (Computer Aided Manufacture) and use this in several projects. They develop skills in using Adobe software and 3D modelling software.

Key stage 3 students in Food Preparation & Nutrition are introduced to the 5 basic nutrients with addition of fibre and water. Students learn about healthy eating through making a range of food products and also develop their skills using equipment and utensils in the kitchen. Students are encouraged to independently follow a recipe and adhere to safety and hygiene guidance at all times in the kitchen environment. Food Safety and Hygiene underpin all projects at both key stage 4 and 5.

In Key Stage 4 students can opt for GCSE Design & Technology, opting for a focus upon materials technology or textiles. We also offer GCSE Graphic Communication, and GCSE Food and Nutrition. The most able students will be aiming for a grade 8 or 9 in both exam and coursework. They will learn and develop key skills in the kitchen, workshop or design studios, they can enhance their skills in using CADCAM, design software and through traditional techniques. Students will be able to design and make personal and challenging products that they feel proud of.

In Key Stage 5 students can choose to study A-Level Graphic Communication, or A-Level Textiles. They can fully explore a wide range of techniques, processes and skills, drawing from the work of influential designers and developing their own style as a designer. Students will write their own brief for coursework, and follow their choice of interpretation for their exam piece to create a personal, creative response. They will develop the skills required to take them further as designers at university or higher education.

The Design and Technology department strive for excellence as standard; in the teaching, in the classroom and in results at key stages 3, 4 and 5.

DT Graphics Yr 7 & Yr 8

Design and technology is delivered by a carousel system so students will spend part of the year studying each element of the subject. Graphics is taught through projects in Materials Technology and Textiles before becoming a stand alone subject in year 9. We try to update, develop and change projects in-line with developments within the subject and to feed into our Key Stage 4 curriculum.

Product Design & Graphics – Presentation techniques, keyfob project, CADCAM design and make, cultural study & environment, Graphics and typography, metal creature, wooden money box.

Textiles – Planner cover design and make, cultures research task, Fancy dress project, fast fashion & sustainability investigation.

Food Preparation and Nutrition – hygiene and safety, practical skills, healthy eating and the Eatwell Guide, introduction to nutrition, multicultural meals, dietary needs.

Yr 9

During this year students may opt for their chosen design and technology specialism – materials technology, textiles, graphic communication or food preparation and nutrition. They will have more freedom to explore and develop subject specific skills and complete a range of more challenging projects that allow them to work creatively and with growing independence. Students can choose to continue with this subject on into KS4 and GCSE.

This is an overview of projects currently taught at key stage 3:

Autumn term 2021
we are delivering a catch-up curriculum for year 9 which consists of shorter skills and knowledge based tasks which will develop into some practical tasks. This is to cover and catch-up with key skills, processes and knowledge missed due to Covid disruption and to prepare students for making GCSE option choices.


 Food Materials Technology Textiles Graphics
 Year 7-Welcome to Food -Preparation & Nutrition-Acrylic Key Fob Project
-CAD CAM introduction; Bookmark and Sign Project
-Introduction to mechanical systems; mechanical card project
-What is textiles?
-Stitch It Project
 Year 8-Healthy Meals Project
-Developing recipes; Scone Project
 -Metal Hook Project
-Device/ Cable Tidy Project
-CAD CAM Maze Project
-Fancy Dress Costume; introducing E-Textiles Project 
 Year 9 Catch-up Curriculum Project; Autumn term Catch-up Curriculum Project; Autumn term Catch-up Curriculum Project; Autumn termCatch-up Curriculum Project; Autumn term
 Year 9 -Baking: Breads
-Food Choice Project
-Food Safety Project

 -Metal; Pewter Jewellery Project
-Polymers; USB Light Project
-Timbers; Joinery Project

 -Samples Project
-Fashion Shorts Project
-Paper Modelling Project   
-Fruitilicious; mark making Project
 -Music Album cover/ Gig Graphics Project
-Web Homepage Project


Course title: Food Preparation and Nutrition

Exam board: AQA

Teachers: Miss E Smith and Mrs K Johnson

Examination = 50% 1 hour 45 minutes (100 marks) 

Coursework = 50% 

2 Non-examination assessment(NEA ) 

Task 1: Food investigation 15% 

Task 2: Food Preparation 35% 

Non-exam assessment tasks 

  • Food investigation (30marks) 
  • Food Preparation (70 marks) 

Units covered

  • Food Nutrition & Health 
  • Food Science 
  • Food Safety 
  • Food Choice 
  • Food Provenance Food Preparation skills 

Subject: Art & Design Graphic Communication GCSE 9 – 1

Teachers: Mrs E. Beasley, Mrs R. Southall and Miss E. Hubbard

Examining body: OCR


Creating work to convey information, ideas and emotions through the use of graphic elements such as colour, icons, images, typography and photographs

Explore, acquire and develop skills, knowledge and understanding through the application of techniques and processes specific to their chosen areas of graphic design (typography, communication graphics, design for print, advertising, multi-media, illustration, interactive web, app and game design, package design, signage)

Explore practical and relevant critical and contextual sources such as the work of historical and contemporary graphic designers

Demonstrate knowledge, skills and understanding through areas of study relevant to Graphic Communication.

Subject: Design and technology GCSE 9 – 1

Examining body: Edexcel

Teachers: Mr C. Stansbury, Mrs E. Beasley and Miss E. Hubbard

Examination = 50% 1 Hour 45 Minutes
Coursework = 50%


Students have a choice of six possible specialist material areas of study – metals, papers and boards, polymers, systems, textiles, or timbers. 80% of the student’s assessment will focus on their specialism, the remaining on core design and technology knowledge.

The themes of the contextual challenges provided give students the freedom to take design risks and to innovate in a situation where it is safe to test and refine ideas.

Subject: Art & Design Graphic Communication A-Level

Teachers: Mrs E. Beasley, Mrs R. Southall and Miss E. Hubbard

Examining body: OCR


Students explore a variety of experiences and a range of graphic communication media, processes and techniques, both traditional and new media.

Students work in one or more area of Graphic communication, such as interactive media including web, app and game design, advertising, packaging design, design for print, illustration, communication graphics, branding, multimedia, motion graphics, design for film and television.

Students explore the use of drawing for different purposes, using a variety of methods and media on a variety of scales. Students may use sketchbooks/workbooks/journals to underpin their work where appropriate.

Students explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of art, craft and design, from the past and from recent times, which is integral to the investigating and making processes. Students’ responses to these examples are shown through practical and critical activities that demonstrate their understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.

Students are aware of the four assessment objectives which they demonstrate in the context of the content and skills presented. They demonstrate the importance of process as well as product.

Subject: A-Level Textiles

Teachers: Miss E. Hubbard and Mrs K. Ash

Examining body: OCR


Learners will explore, research and acquire techniques and develop their skills, knowledge and understanding in a range of textiles media such as, fabric printing, mono-printing, relief printing, screen printing, tie-dye, batik, spraying, transfer, fabric construction, stitching, appliqué, patchwork, padding, quilting, embroidery, weaving, knitting, felting and mixed-media applications. They must explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to textile design. Learners may use methods such as textile design, print and digital techniques to produce outcomes in visual, tactile and/or sensory forms. Students are expected to demonstrate specialisation in particular media or processes to an appropriate depth of study. This can be achieved by working toward the extension and development of particular themes, ideas or issues. An important focus is on learners recording experiences and observations in stitch, textiles illustration, materials sampling and other forms. Drawing skills should be understood and developed as appropriate to the ways of recording and communicating intentions, ideas and emotions in the context of Textile Design.

In A-level textile design, students are required to choose one or more areas of study from a selection. Some examples are:

  • Garments/Fashion
  • Accessories
  • Soft furnishings
  • Printed and/or dyed textiles
  • Constructed textiles
  • Textile installation
  • Expressive textiles
  • Digital textiles


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