Curriculum Intent

“Design and Technology is about making things that people want and that work well. Creating things is hugely exciting: it is an inventive, fun activity.”

— James Dyson


Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. We provide our students with a curriculum that focuses on solving real world problems and the design and creation of high-quality products.

All students will develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to demonstrate a repertoire of skills confidently, in order to:

  • Build and apply core knowledge
  • Develop imaginative, creative and technical skills
  • Promote curiosity and encourage practical problem solving
  • Develop skills in to design and make high-quality products for a wide range of users
  • Critique, evaluate and test ideas and products
  • Work collaboratively with others
  • Realise the impact of design activities on the environment
  • Recognise and use new technologies whenever possible
  • Work safely, demonstrating an understanding of health and safety principles
  • Draw upon disciplines such as mathematics, literacy, science, computing and art
  • Practically apply the principles of nutrition

In Design and Technology, students will be confident to tackle challenging concepts, thinking innovatively and develop creative understanding. They will hold high academic expectations, enabling them to understand how Design and Technology impacts every aspect of our lives, making informed decisions about further learning opportunities and exciting career pathways, such as:

  • Graphic design
  • Engineering
  • Construction
  • Hospitality management

Curriculum features

At Key Stage 3 we will fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for Design and Technology, by providing a broad and balanced curriculum. Students will progress in their knowledge and skills, to learn how to take risks, become resourceful and innovative, understanding the impact of rapidly changing technology within the world.

At Key Stage 4 students can choose to continue their studies of the subject by specialising in either Engineering or Food. The Cambridge National qualification in Engineering provides an engaging, robust and broad-based introduction to engineering. Students will gain knowledge, understanding, and practical skills through a range of engineering activities. This also provides them a firm grounding enabling them to pursue opportunities at post 16 or a career in the engineering industry. Students will either study GCSE AQA Food Preparation and Nutrition or WJEC level 1/2 Certificate in Hospitality and Catering. Equipping them theoretical knowledge, these courses allow many opportunities for students to develop practical and technical food preparation skills.


Students are encouraged to attend after school sessions to either further improve their current class work or work on new projects. Students are taken to the local University to look at degree level work with a view they may eventually go on to study Product Design or Engineering at University.

Curriculum Journey

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