Kings and Queens

Before the end of term we saw our very very special event called Christmas Kings and Queens. Thi...

Headteacher Award for Excellence

I’m very privileged every year to present 12 students in Years 7-10 with the Headteacher Award.  T...

The N5 Project

We were very excited to have been awarded a grant of £29,500 from The Savoy Education Trust allowi...

Art Exhibition

On Thursday 14th June (4.00pm – 6.00pm), the Art Department will open its doors to show the work o...

  • Careers Fair

  • Kings and Queens

  • Headteacher Award for Excellence

  • The N5 Project

  • Art Exhibition

Design Technology Department


Technology at Key Stage Three includes the study of Resistant Materials, Textiles, Graphics and Food Technology. Students in Year Seven design and construct a variety of products such as a mobile phone sock, a Tangram puzzle with packaging, a personalised desk tidy and a wide range of sweet and savoury dishes. In Year Eight pupils create a block head and sweet dispenser focusing on the application of graphics and Computer Aided Design. In Textiles students develop their applique skills and use of the sewing machine when creating Textiles masks and a bottle jacket. In Year Nine, the students’ skills are developed further by exploring and analysing design through making a product for a client. This creates a foundation and understanding of what would be expected from GCSE coursework; students are not just making but looking at the theory and influences behind a design. Projects at this level include making a pewter keyring, passive amplifier and a children’s waistcoat . All these assignments are designed to focus on developing student’s practical skills and building their confidence in the workshop, in the kitchen and in the Textiles room.


GCSE Design and Technology: Product Design

Product Design enables students to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques. Product Design allows students to design and make quality products and creates an awareness of the need to consider sustainability and the environmental impact of their designs.

Packaging, labelling and instructions are encouraged as part of the complete designproposal and advertising, points of sale can be used to supplement the making experience and help create products which can be evaluated for their commercial viability.

This course has 60% controlled assessment in order to recognise the importance of practical work within this subject. However from September 2017 students starting the Product Design course will be work towards a final grade made up of 50% coursework and 50% examination.


Study programme for KS4:

In year ten students can choose to study Product Design at GCSE. Students follow the AQA course specification (4555). The programme involves completing a series of miniature products, one of which is to design, make and package and ergonomic table tennis bat. This enables students to build skill, confidence and theory. Students will work with a range of materials to broaden their understanding of design processes and manufacture. Towards the end of year 10 students will begin working on their final major project. This will account for 60% of their final GCSE grade.

In year 11 students will complete their final major projects and lessons will focus on the exam preparation.


Unit 1: Exam

Students should have a knowledge and understanding of the processes and techniques which aid manufacture and of the commercial and industrial applications of a range of materials involved in manufacturing their products in quantity.


•Working properties of materials: Paper & Card; Timber based materials; Plastics; Ceramics; Metals; Textiles; Electronics; New Materials

•Combining materials

•Marketing influences

•Evolution of products

•Communication& marketing

•Design methodology

•Ethical, environmental & sustainability issues


•Consumer needs


Unit 2: Controlled Assessment (Final major project)

•Investigation of design content

•Development of design proposals

•Final made prototype product

•Testing & evaluation