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‘We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them’
Albert Einstein

Design matters. Amid the challenges and opportunities brought by our rapidly changing world, design and technology is an increasingly important subject. Learning through and about design is essential to a robust and challenging education, enabling students to better understand the man-made world and their role within it.

Design also helps to rigorously prepare students for their future through an understanding of both the intellectual ingenuity and imaginative potential behind the objects we value – and some of those we choose not to. In this way Design and Technology asks students to develop their critical ability as well as understand the history and the possibilities of this fascinating subject.

Design & Technology



Our design-centred ethos is central to our Key Stage 3 curriculum, where students learn the skills and knowledge of designing and making across a number of short and longer projects. 

Through the study of both the practical and theoretical aspects of the subject, and with an emphasis on modelling, making and thinking, students are well prepared for GCSEs in Design and Technology.  They also develop their ability to be a discerning consumer!


Students can study GCSEs in

Product Design (AQA 4555)  or
Food Technology (AQA 4545

Both courses involve a combination of written exams and controlled assessment design and make tasks. 

This enables students to develop a rich understanding of designing for human need through designing and making their own high-quality products.