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Design & Technology

Contact details:

Name : Mr S Birkenshaw
Position : Curriculum Area Leader Design and Technology
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As a department our aims are to:

  • Offer equal opportunities to all students.
  • Achieve this by offering a broad and balanced curriculum, which allows students of both sexes to achieve their maximum potential.
  • Differentiated schemes of work to match the ability, attitude and developmental level of individual students.
  • Strive to stimulate a lasting interest in learning through problem solving and technological activities with a strong emphasis on practical work.
  • Attempt to help students to develop their imaginations, sensitivity and creative responses through a wide range of design and make experiences.
  • Provide pupils of all abilities with a range of skills that they can employ in whatever profession or career they choose.

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development information

Vision Statement

Design and Technology is taught to all KS3 students. All students receive 2 hours of teaching for the subject per week. One hour in Food/Textiles and a further hour in Product Design. With new and challenging modules of work, equipping the students with the skills to develop, we move from project to project. With the development of skills and knowledge in all areas of Design and Technology all students are able to make suitable progress, set clear targets and make a smooth transition from KS3 to a specific area of DT at KS4.

A full GCSE course is also offered to year 9 students in Product Design, Catering, Food & Nutrition and Textiles & Fashion.



Biscuit Cutter


Travel boardgame



Metal Trophy

Cultural Cooking

Creative Me

Food Skills

Cool Chicks

Consumer choice


 Great British Food  T-shirt Design


During 1 and 3 year courses students will have the chance to work on a number of small modules (Year 9), to further develop skills and knowledge. Students will work with a number of materials and use a variety of techniques. All modules are marked, progress is tracked and targets are made. At the end of each unit students will be tested on their subject knowledge and this will be kept to assist in the mock and GCSE exams. All technology subjects comprise of a 60% Controlled Assessment carried out during years 10 and 11 and a 40% final exam in year 11. For the Controlled Assessment, students will follow their own selected brief. All rooms are well equipped and offer the students the opportunity to work with tooling, equipment and design/manufacturing practices that are often found in Industry.

During the KS4 courses students will work on the following units of work before starting their Controlled Assessment.


Unit 1

Unit 2

Unit 3

Unit 4

Resistant Materials


Ball bearing game

Flat pack furniture


Product Design

USB Design

Aeroplane Gift Set

Pewter Casting

Stadium Design

Food and Nutrition


Functions of Ingredients

Convenience Foods

World Food


Fibres and fabrics

Cushion Task

Fabric Embellishment

Fashion item

Fashion & Textiles

Design Task Fabric Embellishment

Part A Research Task

Fashion item

Part B Design and Make Task

Food Catering

Dairy Products

International Food

Types of Service

Food Safety

Course information/Programme of study/focus including exam board links and other useful links.
In KS4 students can opt for a technology specialism in the available option blocks:

  • Resistant Materials - AQA
  • Product Design  - AQA
  • Food and Nutrition -OCR
  • Textiles - AQA
  • Fashion and Textiles - WJEC
  • NCFE Cache Level 1 Award in Nutrition & Health

BBC Bitesize

Clubs / Extra Curricular Activities, visits and trips

DT Clubs:  Design Club
Textiles – Textiles
Food – Cooking club
Food – Superstar cooks
The clothes show
Cadburys World
Selby College – Catering and Food and beverage service
Inspiration event – Elvington Air Museum