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“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”    Leonardo Da Vinci

Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.

Students acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on other subjects such as Mathematics, Science, ICT and Art and they learn to become resourceful, innovative and capable citizens.

High quality Design and Technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and wellbeing of the nation and through evaluation of products students develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.

Students learn about Electronics, Graphics, Product Design and Resistant Materials through various design and make projects.

Year 7

In Year 7 students have one lesson a week in Design and Technology workshop through the whole year.

Year 7 - Skills Learnt:

·        Line bender, some hand tools and 2D Design working focused on plastic (Acrylic Mobile phone holder)

·        Hand tools focused on wood (USB Project)

·        Hand tool, machines and 2D Design focusing on wood and metal (Wind chime Project)






Year 7

Acrylic Mobile phone holder

USB Project

Electric Maze

Year 8

In Year 8 students rotate between Resistant Materials, Food Technology and Textiles spending one term in each subject area.

Year 8  Storage box project - Skills Learnt:

·        Laser cutter

·        Hand tools and some machines

·        2D Design program

·        3D drawing techniques

·        Using MDF and acrylic

Year 9

Year 9 Photo frame project.

 Skills Learnt:

·        Laser cutter

·        Vacuum former 

·        Hand tools and some machines

·        2D Design program

·        3D drawing techniques

·        Using Plywood, Acrylics, HIPS

Outside the classroom

Trips to a variety of museums including the Design Museum
Each year students are able to display their work at the annual Design and Technology show

Progression pathways and careers

Graphics and Product design courses teach theoretical and practical skills in the Design area. By combining creativity with technology students have a broad knowledge of production methods and materials.

Students are able to progress to level 3 and level 4 courses (University) as well as apprenticeships.

Students are therefore not limited to exact jobs that link up directly with their chosen course. Here are some examples of roles you can do:


  •         Advertising account executive
  •         Automotive engineer
  •         Marketing executive
  •         Purchasing manager
  •         Sales executive
  •         Designer
  •         Graphic designer

Useful links


Danielle Smart – teacher of D&T

Alena Gavartin Head of D & T Faculty