Mr M Kent
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3 pupils follow a carousel system to undertake a variety of design and make projects delivered by specialist teachers. Projects include work based on Resistant Materials (Woods, Metals and Plastics), Electronics, CAD (Computer Aided Design), Food, Graphics and Textiles. Typical projects include designing and making bird feeders, desk tidies, night lights, a variety of sweet and savoury food products as well as bunting and cushions.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 we offer GCSE courses in Resistant Materials, Textiles and Food Technology.
GCSE Design and Technology: Resistant Materials helps students develop the ability to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques.
This specification requires students to develop their knowledge of woods, metals, plastics and composite materials. Other materials may also be used and the use of new technologies is also encouraged.
This course has 60 per cent controlled assessment in order to recognise the importance of practical work within this subject.
GCSE Design and Technology: Textiles Technology helps students develop their creativity.
This two-unit specification requires students to develop their ability to make textile products, a vital feature of candidates’ experience of taking this specification.
This course also has 60 per cent controlled assessment as a reflection of the importance of practical work within the subject.
GCSE Design and Technology: Food Technology helps students to develop their knowledge of food in a domestic and commercial environment.
This is a two-unit course. Unit 1 is worth 40% of the overall mark and is a written paper based on the design process, chefs, sustainability, food safety, manufacturing and the understanding of ingredients and their roles and uses. Unit 2 worth (60%) allows pupils to design and develop food products that answer design briefs set by the examination board this includes a practical element.