Design & Technology

Design & Technology

Design & Technology

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.

Staff

Staff

The Design and Technology department consists of eight teachers who have a wide range of abilities and experience in the subject.  Please ask to speak to Mr. Wooldridge (Head of department) or  Mr. Jobson (KS3 Co-ordinator) if you need to contact us about any issues regarding Design and Technology.

  • Mr D Wooldridge
  • Mr A Jobson
  • Mr P Rothwell-Wood
  • Mrs E Clutton
  • Ms T James
  • Miss R Pearson
  • Mrs S Urmston
  • Mrs. E Lawn

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3

Pupils spend one hour per week working in the Resistant Materials side of D&T and another in Food and Textiles (1/2 year in each) at KS3; they then have the opportunity to specialise further at KS4.

To find out more about the skills we teach at KS3, click on this link.

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4

Pupils have the choice to specialise in Resistant Materials, Graphic Products, Electronics, 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 find the specification for D&T, please click on this link.

Key Stage 5

Key Stage 5

We offer 3D Product design and 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.

In addition to the projects we teach in lessons, we also enter pupils in competitions such as ‘Big Bang’ at Elvington and the Rotary Club competition at the National Railway Museum, where we usually secure a win in at least one event!

To find the specification for D&T, please click on this link.

Extra Curricular

Extra Curricular

The Design and Technology department often takes students to take part in competitions and design shows across the region, including The Big Bang and the Rotary club challenge at the National Railway Museum.  We have had great success at these competitions, with pupils winning awards for solar powered vehicles and team entries for alien-inspired chairs have been given high praise.  Pupils often enter out of school projects and have gone on to further stages of the competition, due to the high level of skill shown in the projects.