Teaching Staff

Subject Leader: Mrs L Graham  
Technology teacher: Mr P Lavin 
Textiles teacher: Miss L Kelly 

Curriculum Intent 

The intention of the Design and Technology curriculum is to inspire students’ creativity and imagination and to develop their technical and practical expertise. At the Academy, we want students to be able to define design problems for themselves, address the solutions to them, to become the innovators of the future. All students follow the Design and Technology curriculum at KS3. During their learning journey they will develop skills in relation to the following areas: 

  • Carrying out research and identifying and understanding user needs.  
  • Using specifications to inform the design of innovative, functional, and appealing products.  
  • Communicating design ideas. 


  • Selecting and using specialist tools, techniques, processes, equipment, and machinery precisely. 


  • Analysing the work of past and present professionals and others to develop and broaden their understanding  
  • Investigating new and emerging technologies Testing, evaluating, and refining their ideas and products  
  •  Understanding developments in design and technology, its impact on individuals, society and the environment, and the responsibilities of designers, engineers, and technologists  

 Technical knowledge  

  • Understanding properties of materials and the performance of structural elements to achieve functioning solutions  
  • Understanding how more advanced mechanical systems used in their products enable changes in movement and force 
  • Building and applying a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users  
  • Critiquing, evaluating, and testing their ideas and products and the work of others  

 Students can further pursue their learning journey at KS4 by studying Construction in the Built Environment. By extending their learning journey, these students will:   

  • Summarise responsibilities of health and safety legislation and legal requirements for working in the construction industry  
  •  Develop construction projects through the interpretation of technical information, preparation requirements and using construction processes in the completion of tasks. 
  • Planning construction projects by identifying job roles and resources and planning a sequence of work 
  • Be inspired to make choices Post 16 that will allow for a career as a tradesperson, engineering, construction management or architecture.