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Design Technology


All Design Technology teachers within the department aim to provide a friendly, safe and well equipped environment that gives all pupils the opportunity to independently create a range of solutions to a broad range of tasks or problems, whilst considering the impact on society and the environment.

• To provide pupils with opportunities and encouragement to use their intellectual and practical skills to solve problems initially by research and analysis, and then by having them go on to develop a range of viable solutions which they may manufacture. Various materials and technologies are employed to further these aims.
• To enable pupils to test the validity of their solution/s by providing them with the skills to make and evaluate a product.
• To establish an understanding of working materials and systems in a safe manner.
• To establish an understanding of basic technological concepts and their application.
• To develop the ability to communicate, verbally, visually, and by written means, all matters relating to the design/make process.
• To provide the opportunity for knowledge gained to be applied creatively.
• To stimulate and enlarge pupils’ attributes of initiative, ingenuity, resourcefulness, self-involvement, co¬operation, patience, sensitivity and commitment.
• To endow pupils with an appreciation of design and a discerning attitude towards manufactured artifacts and quality of work.


Key Stage 5

In the Years 12 & 13, students follow the A Level, AQA Design and Technology - Product Design. This new qualifications place greater emphasis on understanding and applying iterative design processes. Students will use their creativity and imagination to design and make prototypes that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. Students can learn about contemporary technologies, materials and processes, as well as established practices.

As with GCSE, teaching approaches vary depending on the topic. There will be a considerable amount of practical investigation, some guided by the teacher, others independently managed and analysed by the student.

Assessment will take place at the end of the second year of the course and will take the form of two x 2 hour examinations and one Non-Examined Assessment (NEA), a substantial design and make task lasting 45 hours. The examinations combined are worth 50% of the A level with the NEA making up the remaining 50%.


Facilities and Resources

There are two workshops, comprehensively equipped with both hand and machine tools. We cater for a full range of resistant materials. (Benches are of the multi-media type, each having a least two vices and a set of woodworking tools)
The machine room with two circular saws, a dimension saw, an under & over planing machine, a band saw and a morticer is used to prepare materials for pupil projects.
There is also an IT room with 16 computers. In addition there is an A3 scanner, graphics tablet, A3 printer and a 3D printer linked to the school network. The computers are used for 2D and 3D design work as well as for research tasks.

Next to the drawing office is a CAM laser cutting machine this is used to realise design ideas for certain products. It is an excellent resource and is extremely popular with pupils.

A Departmental Library is also available, with wide range of books to help pupils further their research.


Trips and visits

The department has organised, successful trips & visits to:-

Barcelona (with the Art Department)
BAE Systems (Samlesbury) 
Leyland Trucks 
Jaguar Land Rover (with Business Studies) 
Paul Case Furniture 
Graham & Brown


Extra Curricular

The department enters teams into the annual ‘Rotary Club Technology Tournament’.  Our Sixth Form team are currently the holders of the senior trophy and have been for a number of years. We have had successes with the junior and intermediate teams over the years too.

3D Printing Club takes place weekly during lunchtime. The ‘Wearable Tech Club’ takes place every cycle.

Workshops are made available, for either extended work or individual projects, at lunchtimes on request, but they are open Thursday lunchtime regardless.

The workshops are also open on Wednesdays & Thursdays after school (3.50-5.15pm)