Design and Technology

What is Design and Technology?

'In design and technology students combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs. They learn to use current technologies and consider the imoact of future technological developments. They learn to think creatively and intervene to improve the quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team'. Quote from the National Curriculum website.

Department Facilities

The department has a suite of ten rooms, many facilities and a wide range of equipment, ranging from traditional tools to more up to date equipment. Equipment includes a laser cutter and a computer numerical controlled machine which enables our students to create 3D products using a range of materials. Computer aided design and computer aided manufacture take place in each of the technology areas taught. Computers and printers are available to students throughout the day after school.

Programme of Study:


Key Stage 3

In this stage two hours a week is spent designing and making a variety of products using  a range of skills in each of the specialist rooms with specialist teachers.

In Year 7 products made include a boat, a mechanical toy, a straw bag, an apple crumble and a vegetable soup.

In Year 8 products made include a pasta bake, an alien, a vegetarian chilli, a wall hanging, and a key light.

In Year 9 we design and make a pop-up book, box and bracelet, school bag, a meal to be sold in the school canteen and a three course dinner party.


Key Stage 4

All students will choose from one of the following technology areas:

Resistant Materials - AQA

Graphic Products - AQA

Food Technology - AQA

Systems and Control - AQA

For the AQA courses 60% of the GCSE grade is carried out by controlled assessment, which includes both designing and making new innovative products. In addition, 40% of the course grade will be a written exam.

The Engineering Diploma qualification introduces students to a range of engineering sectors. The Diploma is divided into three levels and is broken down into units. Level 1 has seven units, Level 2 - eight units and Level 3 - nine units. In these units students examine design, manufacture, maintenance, installation and commissioning, instrumentation and control, technical support, aeronautical, chemical, electrical/electronic, mechanical and passenger transport.




Key Stage 5

Product Design - AQA

Food Technology - AQA

The two year courses provide the knowledge and skills required for further study in the area of technology or other academic studies. Past students have found their A Level technology course invaluable when furthering their studies to become Architects, Engineers, Graphic Designers, Dieticians, Food Technologists, Costume Designers and Interior Designers.

The broad base of knowledge and skills gained from these courses adds to the well balanced curriculum provided at JFK.


Extra-Curricular Activities

There are a wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer to all of our students. School Technology Clubs are available to Key Stage 4 and 5 students after school and to Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 at lunchtimes. Our students are regularly involved in Technology Tournaments and Young Chef Competitions.