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Design and technology is taught throughout key stage 3, following the programmes of study set out in the National Curriculum. The subject operates a carousel system to ensure students experience the full range of the subject. In Years 7 and 9 students spend half the year learning in Product Design and half the year in Food Preparation and Nutrition. The same teacher will take the class into the specialist learning environments, therefore building on positive relationships and cross subject concepts.  In Year 8, students will spend a term in each of the following areas; Food Preparation and Nutrition, Textiles Technology and Product Design.

At the end of key stage 3 students will opt to study the following qualifications throughout key stage 4.


  • Level 1 and 2 Award in Constructing the built environment

  • GCSE Design and Technology

  • GCSE Food preparation and nutrition.



Design and technology is an inspiring, challenging and practical subject. Using students’ creativity and imagination they will design and make products that solve real life design problems, taking into account both their own and other people’s needs, wants and values. Students will acquire a broad range of subject knowledge, drawing on other curriculum areas such as maths, science, art and computing. Students are encouraged to take risks in their designing, becoming more resilient, compassionate, respectful and capable citizens. All students will experience a wide range of knowledge and skills, working with a wide variety of equipment. Design and technology makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

Through our curriculum we are determined our students will…


  • Become innovative problems solvers.

  • Become independent and resilient learners

  • Develop a respect for the other of others.

  • Prepare for future learning and employment.

  • Be equipped with the skills and knowledge to be happy, successful adults.

  • Creative thinkers who contribute to the wealth and well-being of the nation.



Students in DT lesson
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