Through study within the art, design & technology curriculum area, students develop the perception and skills associated with investigation. We aim to develop independent and confident creativity. We encourage students to develop the study skills required to follow individual lines of enquiry as well as the opportunity to work in collaboration with others. Students gain a wider awareness of the world around them through the development of cultural literacy which develops to form a growing understanding of our nation’s artistic heritage, as well as the traditions of the wider world. Students use this understanding to enrich and inform their own works of art.
Within the art department we have the following facilities available to students: a curriculum area workroom; an art department workroom; three specialist art rooms; a sixth form art room; a photographic darkroom; an ICT room and a gallery space.
There is an afterschool club. We also offer educational visits to national and international galleries.
Design & technology is a thriving and exciting area of the school. We are fortunate to have benefitted from investment in resources and equipment which is underpinned by an understanding of the importance of design & technology in securing the future economic well-being of our students. Our curriculum is aimed at encouraging students to:
• look to the future, be creative and innovative
• design and make products and services, using a variety of materials that work well
and look good
• make design decisions that matter to the users of the products and services to the
• draw on a range of knowledge to solve problems in relevant, real life contexts
• develop an enterprising attitude and take risks
• see opportunities and make things happen
• understand the qualities and constraints of materials and resources and design and
make with sustainability in mind.
Our curriculum is based on the understanding that design & technology is everywhere in society and influences every aspect of our lives. It is therefore extremely important to understand and learn about it. Our curriculum creates opportunities for students to apply their learning in science, maths, ICT and art in practical, challenging and enjoyable ways. Our vision is that all students understand this, enjoy and value learning in design & technology for the role that it has in helping prepare for future employment and enhance their future lives. This is enabling them to make good decisions as users and consumers of design & technology. We aim to create an environment where students design and manufacture products which meet needs in exciting ways and improve on what is currently available.
Alongside learning focused on our subject areas, engaging in the design process enables students to develop confidence, resilience, creative thinking and communication skills through working individually and as part of a team.
In design & technology we cover a range of different disciplines. All students engage with learning about textiles, product design, graphics and food at Key Stage 3. With the exception of food, at Key Stage 3 we adopt a multi-disciplinary approach which enables learners to understand how a range of tools, equipment and materials are used in a more flexible and interchangeable ways to solve design problems. At KS4 students can choose to study specialised GCSEs in food, textiles, product design, and graphics. At KS5 we currently offer A Level courses in graphic communication, textiles and product design.
Our facilities include, one CNC room, two purpose-built food rooms, two hard materials studios with a large prep room, one textile and fashion studio, one multi-purpose studio, one graphics studio and a digital design suite.
Across the academic year we offer students a variety of extra-curricular activities and have opportunities for student ambassadors to take an active role in leading, planning and supporting the management of these sessions. We encourage our students to engage in creative design challenges and competitions across local schools which includes the Green Power STEM challenge.