Design Technology

Welcome to Design Technology

The Design and Technology department offer an exciting curriculum across both key 3 and 4. We aim to challenge, inspire and engage students with a range of practical and problem solving skills.

In Design and Technology we hope that students will learn to work confidently, independently and creatively in order to be prepared for the next step in their education.

The department is compiled of two teaching staff and one technician; each a specialist in their own field.
The department has a range of excellent facilities, taking advantage of new technologies with our CAD/CAM equipment and learning about more traditional methods. We have a specialist Resistant Materials workshop, two fully functional catering kitchens and a dedicated textiles room as well as access to the laptops for computer aided design.


Andrew Cross – Head of Creativity
Dannielle Baker – Teacher of Design Technology
Alison Hart – Teacher of Design Technology
Michael Watson – Design Technology Technician

Key Stage 3

In year 7 and 8 students will have two lessons per week. They will complete work in each of the Design and Technology specialisms. Students complete a wide range of projects in all material areas, which include Resistant Materials, CAD/CAM, Fashion and Textiles and Food. Throughout the projects students will develop a wide range of skills these include; designing, problem solving, communication, working independently and as part of a team to manufacture a complete and effective end product.


If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact:
Mr A Cross, Head of Department.

Key Stage 4

At GCSE we currently offer the following courses:

Eduqas Food Preparation and Nutrition

The WJEC Eduqas GCSE in Food Preparation and Nutrition equips learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating. It encourages learners to cook, enables them to make informed decisions about food and nutrition and allows them to acquire knowledge in order to be able to feed themselves and others affordably and nutritiously, now and later in life.

By studying food preparation and nutrition students will:

  • Be able to demonstrate effective and safe cooking skills by planning, preparing and cooking a variety of food commodities whilst using different cooking techniques and equipment.
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of the functional properties and chemical characteristics of food as well as a sound knowledge of the nutritional content of food and drinks.
  • Understand the relationship between diet, nutrition and health, including the physiological and psychological effects of poor diet and health.
  • Understand the economic, environmental, ethical and socio-cultural influences on food availability, production processes, diet and health choices
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of functional and nutritional properties, sensory qualities and microbiological food safety considerations when preparing, processing, storing, cooking and serving food.
  • Understand and explore a range of ingredients and processes from different culinary traditions (traditional British and international) to inspire new ideas or modify existing recipes.

BTEC Engineering

BTEC Level1/2 First Award in Engineering (Examination board: Pearson)

Students develop their practical skills through the use and experience of a range of Engineering equipment and machining techniques. Students investigate Engineering products, learning about the importance of specifications, material properties and the manufacturing processes involved. Assessment is in the form of the completion of assignment briefs based on Machining Techniques and Investigating an Engineering product. Students also sit an examination based on The Engineering world.


If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Mr A Cross, Head of Department.

Enrichment Opportunities for Design Technology

Please see the current Academy Enrichment Programme Booklet for details of enrichment opportunities in this subject area.