Design and Technology

Department Info

Your child will be taught by the same member(s) of staff for the whole school year as they follow the Design Technology course of study.

There are five teaching areas within the Department:

  • One Computer room with a full class of computers, printer, plotter and Raspberry Pi computer programming resources.
  • One electronics workshop with computers and printer.
  • One engineering workshop with centre lathes, CNC lathe, milling machine and sheet metal working equipment. There is also an adjoining heat treatment room with a forge, brazing and aluminium casting facilities as well as a spot welder, mig welder, arc welder and oxy-acetylene welding equipment.
  • Two woodworking workshops with woodworking tools and machinery, centre lathes, vinyl cutter, bandsaw (staff only) and a laser cutter.

The Department has a wide range of resources and students can work with the more traditional tools and equipment through to specialist machine tools and Computer Aided Manufacture.

Key Stage 3

Design and Technology (1)All of the teaching within the department is organised around practical activities with Year 7 students completing a wide variety of projects over the course of the year. Year 8 and Year 9 students will complete two design and make tasks during the year.

Over the duration of KS3, all students will cover the following areas which are in line with the skills and knowledge to be taught in the Design and Technology National Curriculum.

  • Design
  • Make
  • Evaluate
  • Technical knowledge

Students can expect to experience a range of different materials including Timber, Metals and Plastics. Focussed Practical Tasks allow students to gain a knowledge and understanding of these materials and the processes used to work and shape them. Electronic components, fastenings, fixtures and adhesives are also introduced as work progresses.

Project work will combine folder work and practical work. Current projects include:

Year 7

  • Aluminium bowl (marking out, cutting, filing, forming, annealing, planishing, polishing)
  • Pine snake (marking out, cutting, filing, sanding, drilling, joining)
  • Acrylic keyring (templates, marking out, cutting, filing, finishing)
  • Raspberry Pi computer coding with electronics.

Year 8

  • Mild steel Bracket (model, brazing, forming, spot welding, punching, dip coating)
  • Door Sign (CAD, plywood – cutting, filing, sanding, drilling and electronics)

Year 9

  • LED Lamp (modelling, selecting materials, cutting, drilling, laser cutting, vacuum forming, finishing… etc)
  • Clock (batch production, drilling jigs, finishing)

Progress and Assessment

Design and Technology (2)Design Technology is a practical subject and this is reflected in the priorities for assessing student’s completed work and the progress that they make whilst undertaking the practical tasks.

When assessing work and progress and providing development targets and extension work, Staff look for evidence of:

  • practical skills and competence
  • development of confidence with workshop resources
  • improving technical vocabulary used to discuss their work with their teachers and classmates
  • originality and level of demand in the design aspects of the practical tasks

Assessment of a student’s progress is predominantly based on these aspects of their practical work.

Classwork books are used to record targets and progress, complete homework, research tasks and planning and provide constructive feedback about written and drawing assignments. These books are valued by staff to confirm assessment decisions, particularly when there is evidence of a pupil working above their Key Stage 3 minimum expected grade and fulfilling some of the more demanding assessment criteria. Students should view these books as a valuable information resource that will help them make independent progress throughout Key Stage 3. All students should ensure that their classwork books are kept safe and brought to each lesson.

Key Stage 4

AQA Product Design, AQA Systems & Control and Level 2 First Award in Construction and the Built Environment  courses are being completed by the Year 11 cohorts and will have their final assessments in June 2018.

From September 2017 two new courses will be offered:

AQA Design and Technology


Technical Award: Materials Technology

Key Stage 5

Design and Technology (5)

At KS5, students complete the Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering.

Students will complete two units in Year 12 and two units in Year 13:

Unit 2: Delivery of Engineering Processes Safely as a Team (internally assessed portfolio and practical work)

Unit 3: Engineering Product Design and Manufacture (externally assessed design and manufacture exam)

Unit 1: Engineering principles (externally assessed exam)

Unit 44: Fabrication Manufacturing Processes (internally assessed portfolio and practical work)

Students following examination and vocational courses are encouraged to make use of the extra workshop time made available by staff at lunchtimes and after school.

Design and Technology (3)


Homework is set at all Key Stages. It is intended to reinforce the learning being done in the lesson and improve a Student’s underlying understanding of the subjects and the potential for further study.

Homework could be set in the form of research, design work, planning or recall tasks. All homework set by the Design and Technology Department is marked, monitored and assessed in accordance with the Department and whole school marking policy. The content and standard of completed homework assignments is also a factor in the end of Key Stage assessment.

All homework is uploaded onto Show My Homework where it was be viewed by students, parents and teachers. The Technology Department asks for the support of Parents and Carers in ensuring that homework tasks are completed thoroughly and punctually.


Department Staff

Department Leader

  • Miss R. Clarkson

Department Teachers

  • Mrs L. Stewart
  • Mr P. Hogg

Department Support

  • Mr G. Hadfield (workshop technician)
  • Dr. C. Scarisbrick (workshop technician)