Design & Technology

Curriculum Leader:

Mrs S Arrowsmith

Department Introduction:

In Design and Technology we aim to provide opportunities for students to engage in activities that are challenging, relevant and motivating. Students work in a variety of contexts to draw upon the local community and the wider-world when identifying needs and opportunities. Evaluation of past and present design and technology, the users and effects, aid girls in becoming discriminating users of products and innovative designers themselves. We aim to provide a range of starting points for research and exploration in several disciplines, including Food and Nutrition and Product Design and are increasingly expanding our capabilities through modernising our curriculum and updating facilities and access to digital technologies. We are pleased to have been one of eight hub schools selected for the “Innovating Design & Technology” scheme running in the West Midlands this academic year.

Department Aims:

Key Stage 3:

Design and Technology (D&T) is the inspiring, rigorous and practical subject which prepares all young people to live and work in the designed and made world. Practical 'design and make' challenges are set, drawing on traditional handcraft methods as well as developing CAD and CAM skills. The range of design briefs vary to reflect upon local concerns as well as current issues in the wider or global community. A Context or Design Brief is sustained for two terms in Year 7 and 8 whereby students explore their responses in several material areas to achieve a more holistic outcome.

Key Stage 4:

Students may currently specialise in Textiles Technology or Food Nutrition. Both courses feature units of controlled assessment and written examinations. There is emphasis on increasingly refined practical designing and making alongside technical aspects of the discipline and sustainability. From September 2017 students will follow the new GCSE in Design and Technology which aims to develop thinking skills, leading towards invention and design innovation. Students will design and make prototypes that solve real and relevant problems, preparing our learners to become critical and creative designers, engineers and consumers of the future.

Key Stage 5:

Extra-Curricular Activities:

The Design and Technology department hosts a range of activities to inform student learning and foster an enthusiasm for the various disciplines. These have included visiting chefs, Cupcake Club, visits to a local fruit farm, Borough Market and the Design Museum in London, as well as lunchtime and after school sessions to develop a range of Textiles skills. Food and Nutrition has supported and informed a successful bid to become a "Fair Trade School" and regularly contributes to events in school organised by other departments.