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Head of Department: Mrs S Higham
Telephone: 01344 465063
Email: shigham@brakenhale.co.uk

“I don’t design clothes, I design dreams” – Ralph Lauren

“All I wanted to do was to make food accessible to everyone, to show that you can make mistakes – I do all the time – but it doesn’t matter!” – Jamie Oliver

Design and Technology (DT) is a rigorous, multi-disciplinary subject.  Students are challenged to combine academic and creative thinking with practical skills to design and manufacture inspired and inspirational products.  By understanding the Design Process, students solve real problems, considering not only their own needs but the wants and values of others.  The department is successful at all key stages, and makes a significant contribution to the overall success of the school. This includes a strong record in external examinations at both GCSE and Advanced Level. Standards are good as a result of a well-structured curriculum that is well taught.

The design and technology department comprises four teachers, supported by two full-time and one part-time technician. The department currently occupies a suite of six specialist rooms.

A structured KS3 course ensures that all students experience the full range of design and technological activity; Textiles, Food Technology, Graphics and Resistant Materials.

In Textiles, students learn how to use the sewing machine effectively to create a variety of outcomes.  Students learn how to create patterns and different ways to add surface decoration.

In Resistant Materials they are introduced to the workshop and the tools through creating objects in wood and plastic.

In Graphics the students study designing techniques; drawing skills, packaging and the effective use of signs, logos and branding.

In Catering, students undertake a variety of skills that develop their knowledge in healthy eating/multi-cultural foods and Meal planning.

At GCSE, students can opt to follow any of the design and technology courses to examination level (AQA), and we offer a comprehensive range of GCSE courses, including Food, Nutrition and Preparation, Product Design and BTEC Engineering as well as the Technical Award in Food and Catering.

In Sixth Form the department currently offers advanced level courses in product design (AQA)

Tech Club runs on a Monday after school from 3.05pm to 4.30pm in the workshop.