Art, Design & Technology

We believe that art, design and technology are subjects that can help us to understand and give meaning to the world we live in.  Through our curriculum we aim to provide students with an experience that is exciting and ensure that our students combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking. 

We support our students to aspire through their learning experiences to standards of excellence intellectually, practically, and aesthetically. Each student experiences a variety of media and techniques. In KS3 students will develop their skills and understanding with progressive complexity and sophistication, so that they are able to make informed choices and work with increasing independence into Key Stages 4 and 5.

We support students in learning to co-operate and negotiate and be able to share good practice and learn from others. We develop students’ awareness of the impact of art and design technology on society and expect them to achieve by applying a variety of skills from the wider curriculum together with those specific to Art, Design and Technology to produce effective and considered prototype products and artworks. art

We enable students to enjoy their learning in Art, Design and Technology and to gain transferable skills that will help them in other curriculum areas and in life. We aim to enable our students to become:

  • successful independent learners who enjoy learning, understand how to make progress and achieve to their potential;
  • confident self-managers and team-workers, who are willing to take risks and keep an open-mind about new ideas and techniques;
  • responsible citizens aware of the role they play in society and the importance of art, design and technology in contributing to society;
  • confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.

The facilities and expertise in the area enable these aims and values to be explored through Art and Design, Food, Textiles, Graphics and Resistant Materials. Our curriculum is designed to lead to excellence at every level, providing our students with a strong foundation from which to excel in further art, design and STEM related studies. 


Mrs K Robbins: Curriculum Leader Design & Technology

Mrs A Savage: Director of Sixth Form

Miss L Mather: Curriculum Leader Art

Mrs J Winship: Teacher of Design & Technology / PSHCE

Mr B Savage: Teacher of Design & Technology

Mrs S Smith: Teacher of Design & Technology

Mr I McLaren: Technical support  

Resources and facilities

Within the department we have two workshop areas for multi-media work, an ICT room which includes a laser cutter, Die cutter and sublimation printer and we have a Food room, which allows a full class to cook together, as well as a Food demonstration room. There are also two Art rooms, one of which is shared with Textiles.

The department also has a CNC machine and embeds technology within it projects.


In Key Stage 3 in Art, Design and Technology we offer opportunities for students to:

  • develop their designing and making skills;
  • develop knowledge and understanding of materials, components and structures;
  • nurture creativity and innovation through designing and making;
  • explore values about and attitudes to the made world and how we live, work and interact within it;
  • develop a critical understanding of technological processes, products and their manufacture, and how they contribute to our society;
  • prepare for making a contribution to life and work in a technological society;
  • relate and apply knowledge and understanding from across the curriculum;
  • develop confidence and enjoyment in art, craft and design;
  • seek to stimulate imagination and inventiveness through the student’s first-hand experience and by reference to the imaginative work of others;
  • appreciate and value individual responses in their own right;
  • provide opportunities for students to experiment, initiate, make choices and act on them.

Key Stage 4

Students opt from the range of courses in both Design and Technology and Art and Design. 

Courses currently offered at GCSE in the Art, Design and Technology area: 


Courses currently offered at GCSE in the Art, Design and Technology area:
GCSE Textiles Technology AQA
(last examined summer 2018)

Assessment- Controlled assessment Design and Make project 50% written exam 50%  
GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition Eduqas

Assessment- 2 Controlled assessment tasks 25% each Written exam 50%
GCSE Product Design AQA (last examined summer 2018)

Assessment- Controlled assessment Design and Make project 60% written exam 40%  

3 internal units and 1 classroom based practical exam (last examined summer 2018)
GCSE Design & technology AQA (years 9 and 10 first examined 2019)

Assessment- Controlled assessment Design and Make project 50% written exam 50%  
NCFE LEVEL 2 Technical award in graphic design 4 internal units and 1 classroom based practical exam (Year 10)
GCSE Art and Design Fine Art AQA 
Key Stage 5

Students can opt from any of the following courses at KS5 

AQA Product Design

GCSE Art and Design Fine Art AQA


Extra Curricular

Year 9 competition. Design Ventura - the students work in teams to compete in a national design competition. This year 13,000 students have entered. The students have been set the brief of designing a product that helps with everyday problems. If the students make the final, they will be invited to pitch their idea to a panel of designers in London. The winning product idea will be developed, manufactured and sold in The Design Museum shop in London. We believe this is a fantastic opportunity for the students to understand how 'real' designers work
September – December.

Year 8 - Actuation sequence challenge.
As a team the year 8 students compete to produce an actuation sequence. They have to base their design on a chosen theme and include the four main movements. Reciprocating, linear, oscillating and rotary. The competition runs throughout the year and prizes will be given to winning team.

Year 7and 8 Chefs of the Year
At the end of the school year students will be selected to receive Chef of the Year prizes.  The students will need to show they have been independent and resilient throughout their food lessons.