Specialisms in Sport, Health Sciences and Enterprise
11-19 Girls’ Academy
The Design & Technology Department
The Design & Technology department has recently undergone major changes. The previous Head of
Department retired in July 2010 after many years of service and, after spending 18 months in
temporary accommodation with limited curriculum time and limited resources, we moved into our
brand new suite of workshops in January 2011.
The department has a small team of two full time teachers, one member of the leadership team and
a full time technician. Our current skills include Food, Graphics, Plastics and Textiles. Textiles and
Food are historically strong and we now want to expand our skill base to include wood and metal and
to strengthen plastics.
The new department is equip with extensive CAD CAM equipment and can be truly described as state
of the art. Our equipment includes 5 laser cutters; 3 sublimation printing systems; ABS 3D
prototyper; a commercial screen printing system; CNC router; CNC vertical router; CNC lathe; A0
vinyl printer/plotter. Our vision is to develop the curriculum through CAD CAM to bring Design &
Technology into the present day. Our students will design and manufacture products they want to
buy and use and there will be an emphasis on producing commercial quality products and developing
opportunities for Enterprise activities.
The department really is a team and works collaboratively to develop an engaging curriculum. This
ethos is reinforced through a programme of meetings and departmental INSET and reinforced by a
strong CPD programme within the Academy and across the Harris Federation. Last summer, our post
16 results were very pleasing and this looks to be repeated this year with two of our students
successfully gaining places on leading London Foundation courses. Our GCSE results look set to
dramatically improve this year and we look forward to better and better results as the department
becomes more established.
In September, Key Stage 3 classes will have weekly 90 minute lessons and follow a traditional
carousel through food, textiles, plastics and graphic products. Key Stage 4 will begin in year 9 and
groups will either follow a three year course or complete in a single year. In September 2011 there
will be five GCSE groups, three in year 9 and two in year 11. All Key Stage 4 classes will study AQA
GCSE Product Design with a particular material bias or AQA GCSE Textiles. There is potential to
develop our Key Stage 4 provision to include AQA GCSE Engineering if we can attract the right skills
to the department.
At Key Stage 5 students study AQA GCE Product Design: Textiles at AS and A2. There is potential to
develop our Post 16 provision to include AQA GCE Product Design: 3D Design.
The department has just moved in to purpose built accommodation as part of a 20 million pound
new build. There are six D&T workshops and an Exhibition Room:
The Food Room has ten student kitchen areas, a teaching demonstration kitchen and a cook
The Design Room has 20 networked computers with 2D Design, CorelDraw, Adobe Creative
Suite and Solidworks, a small scale hand making area, vinyl printing and plotters and a laser
Two textiles rooms, each with laser cutters, Bernina CAD CAM embroidery, sewing and
overlocking machines, sublimation printing systems;
Product Design has a large traditional workshop space with bandsaw, pillar drill, sanding
machine, thermoforming centre and vacuum former. There is also a substantial CAD CAM
space to include the CNC routers, CNC lathe and laser cutter.
The Independent Study room is dedicated to Key Stage 4 and 5 students needing space to
develop their work independently. There is a 3D prototyper, a sublimation printing system
and another laser cutter.
The Exhibition Room is where our students will pitch their design proposals to local business
people in a bid to win their orders for the design and make services we can provide.
All teaching workshops have a wifi network connection and interactive whiteboards. There are 35
desktop computers across the department and a suite of netbooks for student use.
The Harris Wing is also home to English, Maths, ICT and Business. The new Study Centre has
bookable resources and is developing a new website to support student learning.
We are looking for an exciting and skilled teacher to join our team. We need help to develop all of
these new resources so that our students make exciting and relevant products. We want to work
with local businesses to provide them with commercial standard services. We want to develop our
students towards careers in the design industry and not just towards a GCSE or A Level in Product
Design. We plan to change Design & Technology to a subject with real relevance to today’s young
people and are looking for a special individual with fantastic CAD CAM skills, excellent hand making
skills, a ‘can do’ attitude and an endless source of energy.