Welcome to Design Technology and Vocational Learning

The Design Technology and Vocation Learning Faculty strives to provide outstanding lessons in which students achieve well, enjoy their learning and are creative. We aim to provide a stimulating environment with a hard-working and positive atmosphere, where students encourage one another and are inspired to be successful. We hope that students will learn to work confidently, independently and creatively, incorporating new technologies at every opportunity and learning to be prepared for the world of lifelong learning and the career that awaits them.

Staff

Name Role
Mark Richards Head of Design, Technology and Vocational Learning
Nick Ruddlesdin Teacher of Design and Technology
Margaret John Teacher of Design and Technology
Julie Underwood Teacher of Hair and Beauty and Design and Technology
Joanne Cutts Teacher of Child Development

Key Stage 3

The Design and Technology course at Key Stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the Product Design, Engineering, Materials Technology, Textiles and Food courses in Key Stage 4. Year 7 is intended as an introduction to many new skills and processes including; using a sewing machine, using workshop tools and machinery, learning to solder and preparing food using healthy ingredients and simple techniques. These skills are built on in year 8 where students learn more advanced techniques such as; soldering to a printed circuit board, using CAD/CAM such as 3D printers and vinyl cutters, sublimations printing and combining food ingredients in more complex ways.

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Year 7 Food or Textiles

Projects include:

Pencil Case

Food Safety

Healthy Eating

Basic Food Preparation Skills

Electronics, Product Design and Graphic Products

Projects include:

Alarm

Soft Drink

Clock

Year 8 Food or Textiles

Projects include:

Kooky Kritter

Healthy Eating

Further Food Preparation Skills

Electronics, Product Design and Graphic Products

Projects include:

Speaker

Food Dispenser

CAD/CAM USB Stick

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, we offer Textiles, Electronic Products, Food and Nutrition and Engineering at GCSE level – all through the AQA ‘Design and Technology’ specifications.
Child Development is offered as a GCSE.
We also offer a level 2 vocational course in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy and examined through VTCT.

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Homework and Revision Information

The following are links for Design and Technology revision and homework.

“Time flies really quickly when you are being creative and enjoying yourself”

Y11 student

“I love getting to make products”

Y7 student

“I like using the machinery to cut and shape materials”

Y9 student
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Year 9
Hair and Beauty Research Project Responding to a brief Understanding the Hair and Beauty Sector
Product Design Skills Building and exam preparation Investigating the design context and exam preparation Design and development and exam preparation
Child Development Family topic and exam preparation Pregnancy, birth topics and exam preparation Research Task - Child Study and exam preparation
Engineering Unit 1 - Introduction to Engineering Unit 2 - Introduction to Engineering drawing Unit 3 - Tools and equipment for Engineering
Year 10
Hair and Beauty Understanding the Hair and Beauty Sector Exam preparation Marketing hair and beauty products
Product Design Manufacturing final design and exam preparation Testing and evaluation and exam preparation Client based project and exam preparation
Child Development Research task - child study and exam preparation Child study and exam preparation Child study coursework and exam preparation
Engineering Unit 4 - Engineering materials and their properties and exam preparation Exam preparation Client based project and exam preparation