All students study Design and Technology in Years 7-9. Currently, projects include t-shirt printing, ball-bearing maze games, jewellery making and USB lighting.
Students can opt to take a GCSE in Art and Design: Three Dimensional Design. This GCSE allows students to be creative and pursue their interests, developing briefs in an imaginative way. Students will be expected to produce a portfolio of design work with a prototype product and undertake a 10 hour practical exam at the end of the course.
From September 2015, we will be introducing A Level Art and Design: Three Dimensional Design into the curriculum. This course will provide fluid progression from the GCSE course, allowing students to continue to develop their creativity and design skills. The Three Dimensional Design course is aimed at unleashing the designer within us and is designed to encourage students to think differently about products and spaces. Students will have the opportunity to develop ideas through practical explorations and will be encouraged to formulate their own views and opinions on subjects. The A Level will prepare them for a design related course at University, or a career within the design industry, but will also be about developing inquisitive and enquiring minds that are able to meet the challenges of the world around us.
Design Clubs run after school and at lunchtimes, during which students are given the opportunity for extra support, time to improve their practical classwork or undertake a project. After-school clubs, focus on Science Technology Maths and Engineering (STEM) projects where students can work towards achieving a Crest Award.
There are also annual trips to the Design Museum and STEM events, where students take part in hands-on workshops. GCSE students will also attend another gallery visit, which was to the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art in Norwich last year.
Previous residential trips have included a visit to St Ives, Cornwall and, during April 2016, there will be a residential visit to Madrid for Years 8-9 students, which will be a combined Design Technology and Spanish trip.
In 2015, 89% of students achieved A*-B grades in 3D Design at GCSE.
On 24 June 2015, students, parents, staff and governors joined the Design and Technology Department for its GCSE Three Dimensional Design exhibition which showcased the work from two hard years of dedication from the students of Year 11.
Students were given three design and make projects across the two years which ranged from props for theatre productions to body armour. The work on display was highly impressive and illustrates the creativity and imagination of the students, who all interpreted the design briefs in a unique and personal way.
Head of Department
Mrs L Curtis BA (Hons) Architecture, GTP