Design and Technology

Head of Faculty: Ms A Whitehead
Support Staff: Miss M Searle
Level of Teaching: KS3 and KS4
Exam Board: OCR Food, Preparation & Nutrition

Our mission within the Design and Technology department is to ensure all students have the opportunity to develop their creative and practical skills. At the heart of the department is a strong passion for design. We are aware that within Design and Technology, we are developing and growing some of the architects and builders of tomorrow.

Our students will be faced with many big environmental and social moral issues affecting the way we live our lives, therefore it is very important that we instil a sense of responsibility for ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’ within our students, to equip them with a deep understanding of the world around them and to ensure they have the sense of responsibility to look after our natural resources when designing for tomorrow.

All students have the opportunity to follow a Design and Technology GCSE course:

  • Food Preparation & Nutrition

There will be a substantial practical element to both subjects and any student who wishes to take work home may be asked to make a contribution towards materials. GCSE practical work must remain in school until the end of October following completion of the course, for marking and moderation purposes. After this it will be available but possibly again it may be necessary to contribute towards materials.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

Core topics studies in Key Stage 3 are:

  • Designing and making projects using a variety of materials including: wood, metal and plastics
  • Textiles
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)
  • Graphics
  • Food and Nutrition

Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)

GCSE Home Economics (Food and Nutrition) OCR J431

This course is designed to prepare students with a wide variety of practical cooking skills as well as an in-depth knowledge about nutrition and eating a healthy well balanced diet. We also look at health and safety and hygiene and how to prepare and store food safely.

Initially students learn about different cooking techniques through both practical and theory-based lessons. As part of their learning pupils have the opportunity to learn about and cook different foods from a variety of cultures around the world at particular times of the year, including our own traditions such as Christmas and bonfire night.

In the final year, students will undertake four controlled assessment units contributing to 60% of their overall GCSE grade. They will then sit a written exam worth 40%.

Enrichment and Links:

We aim to widen students’ experiences and to give them a greater understanding of different career opportunities.

Pupils also have the opportunity to support whole school projects such as charity link projects with our local primary schools. The year 10 GCSE class visited Marshfield ice cream to see the whole process of organic dairy farming to industrial food production.

Year 9 pupils participate in the Design Museum Design venture competition where in small teams they compete with other schools in the country to design and make a product that will be sold in the museum shop.


Pupuls can also get actively involved in designing and making