Design and Technology

Aims

At the Academy, we aim to encourage students to recognise the importance of Design and Technology in everyday life for their own personal development and future careers.

What you will study

In Year 7, 8 and 9 Design and Technology lessons, students undertake a variety of projects using a range of products such as aluminium, plastic and wood, electronics and other graphic materials. ICT, Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Manufacture are important aspects of our delivery. Our classrooms have a range of machinery which students use during their practical and theoretical projects ranging from traditional workshop machines to modern equipment such as laser cutters, 3D printers, and vinyl cutters.

In Food Technology lessons, students get the chance to prepare food across a range of healthy options covering core skills in savoury and sweet products. Our demonstration and practical lessons take place in two purpose built food rooms. Some of the necessary materials and ingredients are provided by the department with a voluntary contribution from each student. Food Technology lessons enable students to experiment with ingredients which they might not commonly choose, with students able to take their creations home following each practical lesson. 

During Textiles lessons, students have the opportunity to experience and use a range of modern techniques including electronic textiles and sublimation printing to produce every day functional items.

During Years 10 and 11, students have the opportunity to study a range of GCSE courses including Resistant Materials, Food Technology, Hospitality and Child Development.

Clubs

A Design and Technology homework club is offered every lunch time, when students have the chance to further their personal learning with the support of experienced supervision. There is a wide range of booster sessions for Key Stage 4 students after school and during lunch times to support them in completing Controlled Assessment or revising for exams.

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