Design and Technology

To inspire intellectual wonder and curiosity through fun and enjoyable challenges.  Students in Design & Technology are encouraged to be independent, aspirational and creative to generate a variety of innovative and flexible solutions to problems.

Key contact: Mr Tim Clench



The Curriculum


For the Enthusiast


To develop and extend your working knowledge and experience of Food Technology try some of the suggestions listed below:-

  • Have a look at these relevant websites: - – Recipes are rated easy/moderate/hard, so choose one that will extend your skills. Try an easy one first then move on to more difficult ones.
  • and are both very good for recipes. - Recipes from programmes such as Saturday Kitchen, Masterchef, Ready Steady Cook, Indian Food made easy and The Great British Bake Off etc. 
  • Practice cooking at home in order to add to your repertoire of cookery skills. Base your choice of dishes around those you have made in class. Remember making something again will only help to reinforce the processes involved. If you are unsure about what to cook speak to your class teacher who will be only too happy to help.
  • Research the ingredients you have used and find out where they originate from. How are they grown or manufactured? Are they organic? Are they Fairtrade? What does this mean? What does seasonality mean when applied to foods?
  • Look out for school based activities which will help to develop your skill and knowledge about food and ingredients. This could be attending a competition club usually in the autumn term or a school based cookery club usually in the summer term. 


  • Practise design sketch skills using tutorials at
  • Use a small sketchbook (A5) regularly and keep hold of any inspirational pictures/photos that you see – you never know when they might influence a design idea! Also write down websites for future reference.
  • Read the book ‘Cradle to Cradle’ by Michael Braungart and William McDonough (£6 on Amazon)
  • Look at the following interesting websites: Search for talks related to Design OR Technology

  • Watch programmes such as Dragon’s Den, The Apprentice, George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces and Grand Designs, The Great Interior Design Challenge, The Great Chelsea Garden Challenge etc.
  • Watch “How It’s Made…” videos on you tube
  • Getting to know the work of designers is really important.  Some names of designers are listed below and you can read up on most of them that are featured in a list at
Ross Lovegrove
Philippe Starck
Ron Arad
Thomas Heatherwick
Zaha Hadid
Jonathan Barnbrook
Perter Saville
David Carson
Frank Gehry
Ettore Sotsass
James Dyson
David Mellor
Nick Butler
Richard Seymour
Dick Powell
Jonathan Ive
Ken Grange


  • Practise your drawing and sketching skills. Develop use of colour, tone and texture within your work. Use different media.
  • Keep a scrapbook of images, postcards, cuttings, papers, materials for inspiration (about A5 size). Keep hold of any inspirational pictures/photos that you see – you never know when they might influence you with developing your work. 
  • Take your own photographs, trying to use different phone apps to alter the images. This is to develop your visual awareness. Keep a photo journal when you go somewhere new and record the different environment looking at colour, texture, shape, line, tone and form.
  • Develop your design and presentation skills by recording examples of collections you like e.g. a shop window display, work in a gallery or museum, an artist journal or book or a sketchbook.
  • Look at the following interesting websites:

  • Watch relevant programmes such as Great British Sewing Bee, Gok’s Fashion Fixes, Kirsty’s Homemade Home, as well as programmes related to Fashion, Crafts, Art and Interior Design.
  • Finding out about the work of artists, craftspeople, Textile designers and different cultures is really important.  Some names of artists, craftspeople, Textile designers and cultures are listed below:

Jennifer Collier
Maggie Grey
Kim Thittichai
Jane Hall
Margolis Karen
Carla Holmquist
Cas Holmes
Andy Warhol
Joe Tilson
Damien Hirst
Henri Matisse
Claes Oldenberg

Georgia O’Keeffe
Claude Monet
Georges Seurat
Vincent Van Gogh
Andy Goldsworthy
William Morris

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This Is What Our Students Have To Say...

Why students enjoy the subject.

"Product Design greatly develops problem solving skills whilst also being very engaging. It develops creativity in exciting and challenging projects. In class we enjoy understanding the long process of product development and trying it for ourselves. We learn to work not only independently but also as a part of a team. Product design is a positive experience that will be beneficial to our futures."

An account of a lesson, the course, a visit or speaker that really inspired them.

"I think that product design is a very inspiring lesson because it gives me opportunities that I don’t get from other subjects. For example it allows you to be creative and explore areas of the working world. I believe all students would benefit from this subject as not only does it teach you to be independent but also to work well in teams. These are transferable skills that can be used in situations such as the annual rotary challenge which I have participated in for several years. These trips have been  very enjoyable and a beneficial experience. Other trips I have been involved in were attending the Bournemouth University Design Show, we took part in workshops with the students from the university, as well as being able to see the final year students projects.

Product design allows students to fully understand and appreciate the long processes that goes into developing and producing products for the real world. Experiencing this process within school lets us consider whether it is a field of work we would be interested in the future. I also think this gives students a great outlook on the amount of work put in to everyday products.

The product design staff are very encouraging and helpful. They have a lot of experience and don’t hesitate to pass on their knowledge.

Over the GCSE course we complete many different projects such as producing speakers, usb sticks etc.. We also learn how to use programs such as 2D design and Sketch Up which allows us to visualise products we want to make."