Technology Teaching Staff

  • Mr D Biles: Curriculum leader, Technology
  • Mr A Mapes: Catering
  • Mr D Evans: Catering
  • Mr S Murray: Engineering
  • Mrs S Henstridge: Art
  • Miss R Sultana: Art

Why Design and Technology is Important

Two words that describe an area of study which touches so many aspects of our lives. At the heart of Design Technology lies the design process; a place where the imagination is put to use solving problems and developing opportunities to improve our lives.

From year 7 onwards you will be investigating, making and testing your ideas with a range of projects; providing opportunities to work in different materials using a range of tools and equipment.

The department now offers Motor Vehicle Studies, Art and Design, Catering, Design and Technology and Engineering, all situated in The Base.

Our art, photography and technology department has an Instagram account, where it showcases and celebrates students’ work. You can find them @saacreative


Design and Technology

Research, drawing, modelling, “making” (in wood metal and plastics), evaluating and improving. Design and Technology develops skills that can lead to careers in Manufacturing, Engineering, Architecture, Building trades, and many more besides. The problem solving and communication skills are but two of the many invaluable qualities that this subject will nurture; qualities highly regarded by colleges universities and employers.

 Approach to Learning

At key stage three students work on six weekly projects; practical and hands-on from the start, students learn by doing; gaining direct experience of the available materials and tools. Students practice with small exercises; building skills and confidence, before tackling their project brief.

Students will undertake drawing exercises and will have the opportunity to develop their ICT skills with Computer Aided Design; this is all part of the skills needed to communicate ideas.

Year 7

Projects include:-

Amplifier Speaker

Picture Frame

Year 8

Art Deco Clock

Desk Tidy

Mobile Phone Holder

Key Stage 4

Design Technology

A practical approach that encourages students to design and make products with creativity and originality.  This includes a variety of practical activities, using a range of materials and techniques. A working knowledge of woods, metals, plastics and composite materials are required but other materials may be used in addition

50% Controlled assessment (students undertake one design and make project, choosing one design brief from a prescribed list)

50% Exam (two hour duration)

WJEC Engineering

Engineering Level 1 / 2 Award provides a more practical alternative to GCSE. The qualification is based around the world of engineering and aims to introduce students to the various strands available within the field. This qualification offers students the chance to develop knowledge, skills and understanding through tasks set in realistic work-related contexts

Unit 1 Engineering Design 25%                           Internal Controlled Assessment

Unit 2 Producing Engineering Products 50%    Internal Assessment

Unit 3 Solving Engineering Problems 25%        External Exam


Additional Support for Technology

After School Revision Wednesdays 3.45 – 4.15pm

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