Design Technology

List of Staff

Miss L Parish – Subject Leader for Design & Technology
Mrs S Cadman – Technician

Purpose of study

Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.


The national curriculum for Design and Technology aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
  • build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
  • critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others

(Department of Education – National curriculum in England)

Years 7, 8, and 9

Pupils are taught in groups of up to 22.  They are taught for one double period (100 minutes) a fortnight throughout the whole year. In year 8 & 9 pupils are streamed into 6 groups, 2 top groups and 4 mixed groups.  All lessons take place in specialist workshops E1 & E2.  We also have computers for CAD (computer aided design) & CAM (Computer Aided Manufacture).  Pupils are assessed on their ability to Design, Make, Evaluate and their Technical knowledge of the subject.  This includes processes, designing methods, making techniques as well as use of CAD & CAM.

More information about the National Curriculum for Design & Technology can be found here:


Years 10 and 11

We offer AQA GCSE Design & Technology to year 10 & 11 Pupils.

In Design and Technology, students are able to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques. It provides opportunities for students to develop an awareness of the nature and significant importance of Design and Technology in a rapidly changing society. Students will build on their knowledge gained at Key Stage 3 in their Design & Technology lessons, and learn to use a wider range of materials and manufacturing processes through a number of design tasks during the course.  For the final project they will have the opportunity to develop work to suit their own capabilities and interests.  They will research, develop a range of solutions, finally selecting and making their product.  The coursework also requires a three dimensional outcome/product that can be used and tested.

More information about the course can be found here: