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Essence Statements

As everyday technology increases in complexity, so our need for understanding increases with it. Our Design & Technology courses aim to teach students about this technical understanding, looking at different design methods and the skills needed to produce quality practical solutions to real life problems. We would suggest that all students opt to take a technology subject, as it is a well rounded subject with real world links, making future career opportunities. Apart from the obvious fact that it is fun, making things as well as learning the theory.


During the courses students should develop:


  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Creativity and capability
  • Autonomy, sensitivity and self confidence
  • Responsibility as an individual and as a team member
  • Awareness, understanding and pride in their own learning
  • Understanding how Technological activities affect others
  • Awareness of others’ needs


All the Design & Technology courses relate to DESIGNING and MAKING. They all have the same broad areas of study, looking at Materials and Components, Design and Market influences, and Processes and Manufacture, the different courses covering information unique to each focus area. All courses require students to use ICT and computer skills within both the design and manufacturing processes.


The courses will acknowledge and develop from skills learnt in Key Stage 3, being meaningful and help prepare for the demands of future technological innovations. The courses should support the demands of individual students and potential, stretching the most able and serving the needs of all. Students should be able to draw on and make use of information from other subjects, especially Art, English, ICT, Mathematics and Science. As well as supporting the development of transferable life skills and problem solving. Our specific key skills are Application of Number, Communication and Information Technology.




Year 7 is the introductory year of a planned two-year course in Technology. Over the two years pupils will undertake units in the different material areas i.e. Food, Resistant Materials, Graphics, Systems and Control and Textiles. Most units this year are skills based where we introduce new skills and knowledge or build upon those from KS2. After an introductory basic skills unit , pupils then rotate through different areas. Listed below are the practical projects pupils will produce this year:

  • CNC key Fob
  • Flat Torch
  • Calendar
  • Introductory Food Skills
  • Decorated bag

Students are monitored and assessed during and at the end of each unit, gaining a National Curriculum level for Technology.




Students have, through practical work develop confidence in specific skills, preparation techniques and use of basic equipment. Their practical capabilities are assessed over the module.




Year 8 is the middle of a 2-year modular course in Technology. Students undertake units in the different material areas, i.e. Food, Graphics, Resistant Materials, Systems & Control and Textiles. Listed below are the practical objects students will produce this year:

  • An Automata
  • A themed tie
  • Further food skills
  • Am MP3/phone speaker

Students are monitored and assessed during and at the end of each unit, gaining a National Curriculum level for Technology.




Students study healthy eating. They do this by looking at their own diet and compare it to the healthy eating initiatives. A range of practical products are also made and adapted to meet the 5 a day guidelines and reinforce nutritional understanding.


Teaching Staff


Mrs J Ciurpita

Resistant Materials

Mr D Pritchard 


Mr M Richmond


Mrs L Hennigan