Design and Technology gives students the opportunity to apply knowledge and ideas in a fun, creative and functional way. There is scope for individuality in reacting to and answering a brief, then following the design process to create something unique.
Creativity is as important now in education as literacy and we should treat it with the same status"... "If all you had was academic ability, you wouldn't have been able to get out of bed this morning. In fact, there wouldn't have been a bed to get out of. No one could have made one. You could have written about possibility of one, but not have constructed it - Sir Ken Robinson, Out of Our Minds: Learning to Be Creative.
In Key Stage 3, students complete projects in three specialist areas (Textiles, Product Design and Cookery & Nutrition) based on a range of different themes and focuses. In Year 9, students choose two out of the three specialist areas. There is an annually Awards, Exhibition and Fashion show celebrating individual achievements.
At GCSE, we offer AQA Product Design and Textiles. Student develop a wide range of skills and knowledge via a range of different and exciting projects. They start the final GCSE Controlled Assessment project at the end of Year 10. The GCSE project is worth 60% and there is a written 2 hour exam worth 40%. In Textiles, students visit Graduate Fashion Week in June and some GCSE projects are entered for The Young Fashion Designer UK Award and The British Science Association Crest Award. There is an annually Awards, Exhibition and Fashion Show evening celebrating individual achievements.
The department run a range of different clubs in each specialist area which is separate and different to what is taught in class. There is a Textiles for Fun Club, Cookery club and a Product Design Club. Textiles and Cookery clubs give opportunities to produce products for various charities.
There are also Textiles and Product Design workshops during a lunchtime or after school for extension of classwork.