Ms Quinn – Head of Faculty
Mrs Hussain – Head of Food
Miss Duncan – Head of Textiles
Ms Onyenuchie – Teacher of Product Design


Course Content

In Years 7, 8 and 9 learners will be part of a carousel studying Food, Textiles, RMT (Wood, Metal and Plastic) and Product Design.

The Design and Technology courses will extend practical skills and build upon the design and technology capabilities developed in primary school.

Learners will:

  • Design solutions to meet identified needs
  • Make the products they have designed
  • Evaluate the success of their work
  • Develop a wide range of practical skills


Our learners are taught to work with a wide range of materials such as wood, metal, plastic, fabric, food and graphic materials. They will learn new practical skills to support constructing and communicating their designs.

Learners will need basic equipment for learning such as a pencil, pen and an eraser and they will work from a class booklet (which is kept in school).

When learners study Food Technology, they will be required to bring in ingredients as specified by their teacher.

The skills which are taught are based around designing and making, they include:

  • Health and Safety rules when using equipment and machines, including preparation of food and hygiene
  • An understanding of materials and their classifications
  • Accurately measuring, weighing  and marking out a wide range of materials/ingredients
  • Cutting and shaping of a wide range of materials, such as; wood, metal, plastics, food, card, paper and fabrics
  • Evaluating existing and self-made products.


Exam boards

  • Food Technology OCR
  • Product design OCR
  • Textiles AQA exam board
  • Resistant Materials Technology WJEC (Welsh Board)

All Technology GCSE’s are constructed of 60% controlled Assessment and 40% examination.


How Learners are assessed?
In KS3&4 assessment is completed by using teacher assessment and an end of topic test. In KS3 teachers also use the Technology Assessment Pupil Progress (APP) to assess the learners.


In KS3 learners are given homework diaries and home work is given weekly. KS4 learners are given homework affiliated to the topic which they are studying. The home work will consist of types of research e.g. product analysis, target audience, manufacturing methods and studies of various designer such as Thomas Heatherwick, Philippe Starck, James Dyson, Stella McCartney,  John Galliano and Jean Paul Gaultier.


Revision, Intervention and Enrichment
KS3 can attend a lunchtime ‘Cloth club’ and KS4 GCSE Technology has a 1 hour optional ‘After School Club’ to support their controlled assessment task. Enrichment day such as the ‘Clothes show’ in Birmingham are organised when they occur.