Design & Technology


Curriculum Leader: Mr D Wooldridge

The D&T department aims to develop pupils’ designing and making skills by working through a range of projects, using a variety of materials. The subject is taught by an enthusiastic group of teachers who have a wide variety of analytical, design and making skills, including traditional hand skills, and computer-based skills, meaning that students are well-informed when making their chosen outcomes.  The Design and Technology department consists of seven teachers who have a wide range of abilities and experience in the subject.


Pupils spend two hours per week studying Design and Technology, focusing on the key skills of investigation, designing, making and evaluating.

One hour per week will be spent studying more resistant materials and systems-based outcomes, whereas the other hour will focus more on Food and Textiles-based outcomes.
Pupils will have the opportunity to specialise further at KS4.

To find the programme of study for D&T, please click here and for cooking and nutrition, click here.

Pupils have the choice to specialise in Resistant Materials, Graphic Products, Food or Textiles.

Year 10 is spent studying different design styles, practising techniques and experimenting with different materials, whilst Year 11 is focused on completing the controlled assignment section of the course. An exam is taken in the summer, where pupils are expected to show their knowledge of materials, processes and design styles.

To read the AQA specifications for D&T, click here.

We offer 3D Product Design and Product Design: Textiles for those who wish to continue studying the subject at A-Level. Students are taught about a range of designers, design styles and principles, as well as being given the opportunity to experiment in more depth with a range of materials and techniques.

To find the specification for D&T, please click here.

In addition to the projects we teach in lessons, we also enter pupils in competitions such as ‘Inspirations’ at Elvington and the Rotary Club competition at the National Railway Museum, where pupils are able to practise their engineering skills or showcase their work.  We have been particularly successful over the last few years, with pupils winning the ‘Inspirations’ day at Elvington and being put forward to the national Big Bang engineering finals.

In addition to taking part in external events, we also run a Master chef competition and take part in various STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) based events.