We aim for students to enjoy designing and making products and to be able to recognise and appreciate that design and technology is all around them!  Students will combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs. They learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. We want students to think creatively to improve the quality of life, and enjoy solving problems as individuals and members of a team.

Students respond with ideas, products and systems, challenging expectations where appropriate. They combine practical and intellectual skills with an understanding of aesthetic, technical, cultural, health, social, emotional, economic, industrial and environmental issues. As they do so, they evaluate present and past design and technology, and its uses and effects. Through design and technology, students develop confidence in using practical skills and become discriminating users of products. They apply their creative thinking and learn to be innovative.

Key Stage 3

Years 7, 8 and 9 - Food and Product

Projects that progressively challenge design skills and tools skills, equipping students with the knowledge and understanding to carry out the following projects:
Y7 - Mini-torch, Entertainment Storage unit, Fruit salad, Cup Cakes, Pasta Bake
Y8 - Night light, Pewter pendant, Leek and Potato Soup, Fajitas, Carrot Cake, Pasta Bake
Y9 - Engineering Inspired Mirror, Graphics Game, Pizza, Pasta dish, Pasties, Tray bake.

Key Stage 4

Year 10 and 11 - AQA

Projects build upon the skills and knowledge to reflect design inspirations whilst creating the following products: Design inspired clocks; Design inspired retro-radio design; Students then begin their controlled assessment, for their GCSE Product Design.

Key Stage 5 - OCR

Years 12 and 13

Y12 - Students carry out a Product Study, which requires them to modify or improve an existing product; Students take the Advanced Innovation Challenge.
Y13 - Students carry out a Design, Make and Evaluation task which requires them to make a product of their choice.