|Head of Department|
|Mr N Gifford|
|Miss A Alim|
|Mrs L Howe|
|Mrs S Jenkins|
|Mr K Pepper|
|Mrs F Squire|
|Mr K Watkins|
In the 21st Century DT is a subject that equips learners with a wealth of life skills, from simple manufacturing techniques through to complex, creative, abstract thought.
The subject is delivered through a number of focus areas at Key Stage 3, 4 specialist options at GCSE, and Product Design at A-Level. The department consists of six members of staff have a wealth of both industrial and teaching experience between them.
Throughout Key Stage 3 pupils are taught a foundation of skills via a number of exciting projects including, a night light, board game, acrobat toy, cultural foods, and high street fashion. The projects develop skills in manufacturing, creativity, and analytical thought:
A GCSE course in Design and Technology (WJEC specification) offers a unique opportunity for pupils to identify and solve real problems by designing and making products in a wide range of contexts relating to their personal interests. Design and Technology develops pupils’ Key Skills and their capacity for imaginative, innovative thinking, creativity and independence. The courses offered are based upon the view that design and technology is essentially a manufacturing activity involving the combination of skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and make quality products. Pupils have the opportunity to analyse and evaluate situations, design and make products, and then appraise their performance via the following specialist areas:
Through these courses pupils can develop their skills whilst focusing upon a specific material. They are given the opportunity to:
In years 12 and 13 the department offer AS/AL Product Design (WJEC specification). This is an exciting course designed for those intending to directly follow sixth form with a higher education course or career in Design and Technology related field. It is also a very suitable course for those with other interests and aspirations as they can benefit from the many transferable skills inherent in the study of Design and Technology.
The specification provides pupils with the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in a design problem of their choosing. Whilst following the design process they can take inspiration from any source, use a range of materials, and manufacture a fully developed outcome.
“Engineers of all disciplines recently voted D&T the most useful subject you can study, and I agree. It’s a great opportunity; you get to experiment, mess about with ideas, and be really creative. Essential for any career.”
– James Dyson
Throughout the course the following topics are covered:
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