Design Technology

Design Technology prepares students to participate in and adapt to the demands of the rapidly-changing world.

Students take into account aesthetics, economic, social and environmental issues and industrial practices and use this knowledge to develop solutions to design problems. Throughout this work students are encouraged to reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology and its effectiveness.

Through design and technology, all students can become innovators, and all can enjoy and achieve.

Department Staff

Name Position
Mrs S Cottle Head of Department
Mr A Badger Teacher of D&T
Mr A Carr Teacher of D&T / Second in Department
Mr D Mogie Teacher of D&T
Ms C Horton Teacher of D&T
Mr D Fawcett Teacher of D&T
Ms L Thomson Teacher of D&T
Miss S Garbutt Teacher of D&T
Mr J McVeigh Senior Technician
Mrs V Taylor Learning Mentor


The DT curriculum is designed to prepare students thoroughly for their KS4 experience at the Academy. A range of exciting projects provide students with the opportunities to work individually and collaboratively, encouraging them to develop their enquiry, design, and team building skills. The design process allows students to: explore ideas and the design context, generate ideas, develop & model ideas, plan, make and evaluate.

Student's work on exciting projects.

New and traditional materials and technologies are utilised to create high quality outcomes. Across the key stage students are given opportunities to develop their CAD/CAM skills. The department benefits from a number of modern CNC machines.

Student’s progress against the new programme of study in Design Technology is monitored and checked against a series of steps to success.


At Key Stage 4 the DT department currently offers the following qualifications:

  • BTEC Engineering
  • GCSE Product Design

The courses are taught in well-equipped specialist rooms.


At Key Stage 5 the DT department currently offers the following qualification:

  • BTEC Engineering Diploma - 10 unit (Edexcel)
  • BTEC Engineering Extended Diploma - 15 Unit (Edexcel)
  • GCE A Level Product Design (AQA)

Students of all abilities following the courses demonstrating high levels of achievement, with many going on to study technical and design based courses at degree level. Some of the work produced by students is shown below:

Extra-Curricular & Enrichment Opportunities

The department offers a range of additional opportunities for students ranging from after-school sessions, revision sessions, holiday sessions, engineering competitions, trips and industrial visits.


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