Technology and Vocational

Design and Technology

The Design and Technology curriculum is structured over five years to equip pupils with the practical knowledge and skills to carry out design and manufacture of products, whether for personal or commercial use. 

Pupils will be taught foundational knowledge of material areas and properties, and how these are applied to the design and manufacturing process.  By the end of Year 9, pupils will have a firm grasp of fundamental design skills including how to use CAD/CAM software.

From Year 10, pupils study towards the AQA GCSE Design and Technology qualification, learning how to investigate a design brief, research the issues that arise and design and make a produce that is suitable for a user and commercially viable.

Food Preparation and Nutrition

The curriculum is focussed around core knowledge of food and nutrition to ensure every pupil knows the importance of making healthy lifestyle choices. Pupils will be able to select and prepare healthy food with confidence as an essential life skill.

In Year 7, pupils learn about food and personal health and safety, the study of nutrition and foods and recipes from different cultures. In Year 8 they explore the science of cooking, the changing nutritional needs of humans at different life stages and food choices. Year 9 focused on developing and refining core practical skills including pupils developing recipes applying their knowledge to improve nutritional content or suitability for different groups or factors.

From Year 10, pupils study towards the AQA GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition qualification, which gives them the ability to apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating.