Art, Design & Technology – Head of Department Mrs W Havery

In our faculty we have two specialist Art rooms, an extended and equipped multi-purpose workshop, an IT suite which is linked to CADCAM equipment, a Textile room and a Food Tech room. There are four full time teachers and one part time teacher who all teach their own specialist subject.  As well as this we have our fantastic technician who helps us prepare materials and keep all the machines and equipment in good order. Please look under Art, Food Technology, Resistant Materials and Textiles below for more details on these.

Exam results

As pupils only take these subjects at KS4 if they opt for them, the potential for % of A* to C grades depends on the ability of the pupils who opt for these subjects. Therefore, we think it is important to look at the % of pupils who achieved their target grade or above their target grade. In Art, Design and Technology most pupils achieve this as we try hard to find ways of helping all pupils find the best way to achieve their potential, often by using individual working plans.

Summer 2017 results for the number of pupils who achieved on or above their target grades –

Art                                        62%

Resistant materials                 61%

Textiles                                  65%


Teachers of Art are – Mrs W Havery and Mr N McCarthy

  • Years 7 and 8 pupils are taught Art in their normal teaching groups and have 3 lessons per fortnight. During this time we establish and develop skills such as drawing, painting, critical studies and designing using a range of techniques and materials such as paint, print, card modelling and clay. At this stage we impress on the pupils that everyone has different strengths in Art and Design, and that we will be happy as long as we can see that they are doing their best and making individual progress.
  • In year 9, pupils can opt to continue to take Art. During their year 9, we continue to develop skills in drawing, painting, printing and 3D work, but with more focus on the opportunity to use and develop a wider range of skills and techniques to achieve a variety of results. This enables the pupils to gain confidence and increase their skill level in order to start their GCSE work with more knowledge and confidence
  • In year 10, pupils start their AQA GCSE coursework with unit 1, in which we prescribe the starting point, the artists to study and the materials and techniques to be used. The final piece for unit 1 is produced in clay with a print back up for those who need it.
  • In year 11, pupils produce their unit 2, for which we give them the opportunity to decide on their own starting point, the artists to study and the materials and techniques to be used. They also complete their controlled assessment from January to April, and to produce a portfolio of work which will help them when applying for Art courses in further education or for jobs which need good use of colour or manual dexterity.

Resistant Materials

Teacher of Resistant Materials Mr Grainger.

Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Let me do and I understand.”

We are surrounded by man-made objects, yet we rarely consider the design or manufacture of most of them. In Resistant Materials, students are encouraged to examine and analyse common household items, and to use this knowledge to design, make and improve on a variety of different products. They use a wide range of tools and machinery for woodwork, metalwork and computer controlled manufacture.  The tools and machinery are all maintained in a state that allows students and staff to achieve high quality results. By Year 11, GCSE students will have used or seen a demonstration of every piece of equipment in the workshop.


  • We follow the national curriculum through a range of designing and making projects. Students are given access to a wide range of high quality tools and machinery, from saws and files through metal and wood-turning lathes, to a computer-controlled laser-cutter.
  • Year 7  An introduction to designing and making, using our 3 main materials – wood, metal and plastic. Students are encouraged to identify and appreciate the working properties of these materials, and identify which ones are suitable for different applications and environments.
  • Year 8  An introduction to mechanisms, and cardboard modelling, and identifying where mechanisms are used in real life. Further experience of designing and making, using the laser cutter to cut acrylic, then heating and bending it to make 3-D clocks.
  • Year 9  The first year of a GCSE in Resistant Materials. Students spend most of the year making a wide range of different objects, and learning to use almost every machine in the workshop. By the end of Year 9, students should feel confident and fairly independent in the workshop. There is some designing and drawing throughout the year too – enough to support the practical lessons.


  • GCSE Resistant Materials (AQA) Controlled assessment: 60%. Written exam: 40%
  • Year 10  A more in-depth look at the processes of designing and making, through a range of shorter and longer projects. Now that students are very familiar with the workshop, they are able to design and make a wider variety of objects. Each project will have a focal point – e.g. an electronic circuit or a laser-cutting technique – which students then use all their designing and making skills to turn into a complete product. Year 10 is a practice-run for the Year 11 Controlled Assessment.
  • Year 11  All the work carried out in Year 11 counts towards the final GCSE grade. Students design and make one item of their choosing (Controlled Assessment), using all the skills they have learned over the last 4 years. The design work and the final item are graded at Easter. They then sit a written exam in June.

Final GCSE grade:

60% Controlled Assessment

40% Written exam

Food Technology

Teacher of Food Technology Mrs Roberts

This is a popular subject at KS4 that aims to be both educational and fun.  In this specialist subject we intend that all of our students learn about food and how to cook whether it is for their future careers, their independent living or leisure.

KS4 GCSE ( WJEC) Catering and hospitality course.

This is an extremely popular option course for boys and girls of all academic ability. The students carry out their studies by a watching and doing (vocational) course. Each student cooks each week and learns how to make classical, foreign and modern dishes to a high standard of skill and presentation. The students are also taught aspects working in the Catering and Hospitality trade. Assessment is via set practical assessments and a final theory examination paper.


Teacher in charge Mrs N Hillier

Our dedicated textiles room is well equipped with sewing machines and an expansive range of materials for students to explore a wide range of Textiles techniques.

  • In years 7 and 8, pupils follow the Technology National Curriculum and work from design briefs to design and make a reusable bag in Year 7, and a fish shaped pencil case in year 8
  • In year 9, pupils can opt to continue to take Textiles. During their year 9, pupils continue to develop skills in textiles techniques while starting to familiarise themselves with GCSE criteria
  • In years 10 and 11 pupils start their GCSE Textiles course. This is a highly creative course. Students are given the opportunity to explore a broad range of textile techniques through 2 coursework projects.

Students investigate a theme through drawing and photography and are then supported in developing ideas for exciting final pieces. Past projects include insects, Alice in Wonderland and Fairytales.

During the Spring Term of Year 11, Students select a topic from an exam paper to research and develop ideas to make during the 2 day practical exam/controlled test in April.

Coursework is worth 60% and the exam/controlled test is worth 40% of the final grade.

Updated 2018