The Art, Design and Technology Department

Head of Department = Miss J Cahill


The core purpose of the department is to expose pupils to quality learning in a technical and creative environment, where ideas are both formed and realised. Via a calm, purposeful atmosphere staff deliver a range of subjects using a mix of traditional teaching and independent project work. Learners feel confident to learn in lessons and are given the time to develop their skills. Practical learning features heavily in projects, complemented by appropriate knowledge-based lessons.

The department is in the West of the school in its own dedicated area. There is a large main workshop in which Design and Technology is taught. There is an ICT suite where CAD skills are developed. Digital technology features heavily in our teaching with laser cutting and 3D printing being incorporated into projects and an area readily being developed.

There are two Art classrooms, one of which has a dual role as a Textiles teaching space. Additionally, we have a Food Technology room set-up with a number of kitchens to allow learners to participate in practical work.


The department currently offers GCSE Art and Design, GCSE Design and Technology and WJEC Level 1/2 award in Hospitality and Catering.

Year 7 and 8 is spent learning across all areas of the department, with learners exposed to a range of material areas to develop a broad understanding of the subjects taught. Projects are short and punchy in nature, giving all learners an opportunity to excel.

Learners may opt to follow one of our GCSE routes to start in Year 10 and then remain with the subject until final examination in Y11. This model allows learners the opportunity to progressively develop skills whilst benefitting from the stability of working with the same teacher.


Learners on KS4 courses are assessed against the criteria produced by each exam board. This can take the format of formal examinations or project grading. Specialist teachers will make Learners aware of their specific assessment schedule during the start of the course. A copy of this can be found in the learners’ book or folder. GCSE courses are marked using grades 1 to 9.

Year 7, 8 and 9 learners will have a half termly practical and key knowledge assessment.

Home Learning

The expectation for home learning is that Years 7, 8 and 9 learners will complete a minimum of one home learning activity per half term. At GCSE teachers will set relevant and specific homework that is either tailored to project work or aimed at exam preparation.

Afterschool Sessions

The Design and Technology club operates on two nights per week for all learners, allowing wider access to the facilities for learners looking to improve their projects. Learners on KS4 courses are expected to attend a variety of sessions run by teachers. Staff will make it clear to learners when they are expected to attend these sessions and give advance notice of this.