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Technology and Engineering

The Faculty of Technology and Engineering (including ICT and Art)

Faculty Ethos:

We aim to develop a faculty where every pupil is valued and can achieve their full potential in a safe & enjoyable learning environment, enabling them to make a positive contribution to the faculty and to the school as a whole. We aim to make using technology fun, exciting and relevant and equip students with skills for life.

Subjects include:

  • Design and Technology
  • Engineering
  • Cooking and Nutrition
  • Art
  • ICT

Curriculum overview:

  • KS3 Design Technology - 3 lessons per cycle
  • KS3 Art - 2 lessons per cycle
  • KS3 Cooking and Nutrition - 2 lessons per cycle
  • KS4 - 7 lessons per cycle, plus additional revision sessions

Options offered at KS4:

  • GCSE Design Technology (AQA)
  • BTEC First in Construction and the Built Environment (Pearson)
  • BTEC Tech Award in Engineering (Pearson)
  • Level 1 Certificate in Food and Cookery (NCFE)
  • GCSE Art and Design (AQA)
  • Creative iMedia Level 1/2 (OCR)

Topics covered:

Design and Technology

  • Year 7 - Resistant Materials: Glider Project, Graphics: Pop-up card, Product Design: CAD/CAM Ruler
  • Year 8 - Resistant Materials: Table Cricket Bat, Graphics: Room Design, Product Design: CAD/CAM Bedroom Door Sign
  • Year 9 - Resistant Materials: Jewellery Box, Graphics: CAD/CAM Jewellery Packaging, Product Design: Pewter Jewellery
  • KS4
  • GCSE Design Technology - Research and Design Movements: Memphis Clock, Sketching and CAD Modelling: Game Controller, 3D Printing and Electronics: Mini Drone, Sustainability: Street Football. Year 11 - Design and Make Portfolio NEA 50%, Exam 50%.
  • BTEC First in Construction and the Built Environment - Unit 1 Construction Technology, Unit 2 Construction and Design, Unit 3 Scientific and Mathematical Applications for Construction, Unit 5 Construction Drawing Techniques. Year 11 - Unit 6 Exploring Carpentry and Joinery Principles and Techniques, Unit 8 Exploring Painting and Decorating Principles and Techniques, Unit 11 Sustainability in Construction, Unit 14 Exploring Wall and Floor Tiling Principles and Techniques.
  • BTEC Tech Award in Engineering - Unit 1 Exploring Engineering Sectors and Design Applications Internal, Unit 2 Investigating an Engineering Project (Internal). Year 11 - Unit 3 Responding to an Engineering Brief Synoptic External

Cooking and Nutrition

  • Year 7 - Food Hygiene, Safety in the Kitchen, Kitchen Equipment and uses, Basic cooking skills: peeling, chopping, boiling, simmering, baking.
  • Year 8 - Healthy eating: Eat well Guide, Understanding food groups, sources and nutrition they supply, How to create healthy balanced meals.
  • Year 9 - Nutrition through life: Understanding the changes in nutritional requirements at main life stages, Italian Project: Focusing on creating dishes that meet the nutritional needs of a teenager, Savoury Baking project: Focusing on the importance of Carbohydrates in our diet, Factors affecting food choices: Adapting recipes to fit a particular diet.
  • KS4 - NCFE VCERT Level 1 Certificate in Food and Cookery -
  • Year 10 - Unit 1 Preparing to cook, Food Safety, personal safety, risk assessments, a range of practical work to show understanding of food hygiene, planning and key cooking skills. Unit 2: Understanding Food, Understanding the main food groups, nutrition, understanding where our food comes from, range of practical work demonstrating all of this knowledge.
  • Year 11 - Unit 3: External exam on Exploring balanced diets, Unit 4: Plan and produce recipes in response to a brief. Students will research, plan a menu and make two dishes based on a dish they have been given


  • Year 7 - Mark making and Portraiture, Painting and Pop Art, Illustration and Ceramics Project.
  • Year 8 - Printmaking, natural forms and fossils, Michael Craig Martin inspired Ceramics, Object, viewpoints, reflections.
  • Year 9 - Mexican Day of the Dead, Superhero design, Mixed Media Project.
  • KS4
  • GCSE Art and Design - Year 10 - Workshop based activities as part of the GCSE Art and Design Unit 1, Ceramics project research and experimentations.
  • Year 11 - Ceramics Project final designs and final pieces, Unit 2 Exam

ICT - Creative iMedia Level 1/2

  • Year 10 - Pre-production skills, Creating digital graphics,Creating a multipage website, Creating a digital animation.
  • Year 11 - Understanding Computer Systems, Using ICT to create business solutions, Creating an interactive product, Creating dynamic products using sound.

Faculty of Technology and Engineering (including ICT and Art)

Mr S Bentley - Head of Technology and Engineering Faculty

Mr P Iqbal - Teacher of Design Technology / Head of Pastoral

Miss A Hughes - Teacher of Design Technology

Mr J Hyde - Teacher of Design Technology

Ms C Doyle - Teacher of Food, Transition Coordinator

Mr L Crowther - Teacher of Food

Ms Y Ahmed - Teacher i/c ICT

Miss J Spencely - Head of Art

Mr B Sumner - Teacher of Art

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