Design and Technology

Head of Design and Technology: Mr C Standford

Teachers of Design and Technology:
Miss C Bullock
Mrs R Chainey
Mr S Day
Miss J Dix

In Design and Technology we look to develop independent, creative and responsible problem solvers. 

Design and technology involves a distinctive creative process that combines intellectual skills with practical skills through purposeful practical activities. The main activity of Design and Technology involves investigative, development, disassembly and evaluative activities related to products and their applications. The knowledge used in Design and Technology is critical to the sound development of products and an understanding of a healthy and sustainable life in the ever changed world around us. 

The creative process in which the students are part of is iterative, encouraging students to be reflective, positively critical and proactive in finding solutions to design problems. Design and Make projects will provide excellent opportunities for students to apply value judgements of an aesthetic, economic, moral, social, and technical nature in their designing and to existing products and their applications, such as the needs of others and sustainability.

In key stage 3, students rotate between material areas to gain an experience of designing and making products with a range of materials; including woods, plastics, metals, textiles and food products. Alongside the understanding of a variety of materials, students will develop a knowledge of nutrition, sustainability, mechanical and electronic systems, control systems and CAD/CAM.

From Year 9, students can opt to do a GCSE in Food Preparation and Nutrition, Design and Technology, and Engineering.  

To learn more about careers relating to this specific subject, please look here- https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/job-sectors/subjects

In addition to the careers work delivered in class, the school offers a wide range of careers related events and activities throughout the year including-

  • Themed assemblies including visits from colleges, universities, apprenticeships, employers and previous students to explore career pathways.

  • Collapsed curriculum days – college and university taster days to help our students plan their studies beyond school.

  • Collapsed curriculum days – The maths team support students with a day of money management classes and the English team support with CV writing and interview skills.

  • Mock interviews for years 7, 9 & 10 to build confidence and employability skills.

  • Guest speakers and tutor time drop-ins to meet employers, education providers, previous students and representatives from other organisations in an informal setting.

  • Work experience week to help our year 10 students build their confidence, their employability skills and their work awareness.

  • Job of the week information delivered in tutor time to encourage students to explore different career pathways and the skills and qualifications required.

  • College, 6th form and university open evenings to help students and their families explore options beyond school.

  • And plenty more!

The careers office is open Monday - Thursday, 8am - 4pm for students to visit and talk through their ideas. Specific 121s can be booked with parents too if requested, but students are welcome to drop in any time.

The careers office is based in the centre of school within the Student Reception area. You can contact Mrs Leatherby on 01278 784881 or Email sleatherby@tkasa.org.uk


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