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Construction

The Construction department is constantly evolving to reflect the ever changing nature of the industry we are directly preparing students for. We aim to stimulate and encourage students at every opportunity helping to ignite what we hope will become a skillset that will help them throughout their lives.  

An innovative and successful range of projects support the knowledge base that will allow a deeper understanding of the issues surrounding the construction industry as a whole.  Our staff are passionate and aim to inspire students to not only reach their goal but develop a new way of approaching a problem. 

The WJEC Level 1/2 Award in Constructing the Built Environment is designed to support learners to develop an awareness of these key considerations. It mainly supports learners in schools and colleges who want to learn about the construction industry from the build perspective. It provides learners with a broad introduction to the different trades involved in the sector and the types of career opportunities available. It is mainly suitable as a foundation for further study. This further study could provide learners with the awareness of the work of different types of job roles in the sector such as plumbers, carpenters and bricklayers. As a result, they may wish to start an apprenticeship or continue with their studies in order to pursue those job roles.

Head of Design Technology: Mrs S Derwent

Head of Construction: Mr J Shergold

The department includes one large and very well equipped Construction room. It is equipped with an interactive whiteboard and visualiser along with all the machinery and tools you would expect to find on a construction site or in a workshop. In addition to the abundant laptops in the school there is a spacious IT facility ‘Technosnake’ outside the Construction room. The use of computers is encouraged, whether it be for research, design, display or assessment purposes.

Within the Design and Technology Department pupils are prepared to enable them to take part in tomorrow's rapidly changing jobs market.  They are given the skills and opportunity to develop an understanding of both safety and the materials used as the bedrock of the subject and from this they can explore each element in turn from assembling a finger joint through to manufacturing a scale stud wall including plastering and final finish.  The subject appeals for pupils to become independent problem solvers.  They are encouraged to relate practical skills with a good understanding of function and industrial practices to ready themselves for industry. 

Construction is a predominantly a practical subject with theory element taught in the Workshop or one of the ICT and Design Suites on hand.

Teaching involves:

  • practical demonstrations and use of technical equipment
  • class discussions, brainstorming, research
  • working individually and in small groups
  • Self and peer evaluation.

Supported through Key Stage 3

Construction is not taught as a specific subject in key stage three but large parts of the Design and Technology syllabus support their basic understanding of the key skills required. In the department our aim is to give students an understanding of the need for, and requirement of, well-designed and manufactured products in all aspects of modern society. We hope to develop a broad knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the subject and develop the practical skills that are going to allow them to progress in whatever direction they choose.


Construction in Years 9, 10 & 11

There are many places where the construction process takes place. Bricklayers could be building a garden wall or a block work wall at the top of a new tower block. A plumber could be installing a new bathroom or fitting pipes in a petro-chemical plant. Plasterers could be working on walls that previously had asbestos and need to think about how they dispose of waste. A steel fixer could be working on a foundation or at the top of a multi-storey car-park. A roofer could be given construction drawings that contain confidential information that has to be kept secure. Trades people, inspectors, site supervisors, architects and project managers are all examples of those working construction processes take place.

The Construction department at All Saints' Academy has developed into an exciting place to be. A dynamic and innovative environment, we continuously push the boundaries in order to stimulate and encourage students of all capabilities to experience and contribute in the subject at every opportunity.

Within the Design and Technology staff as a whole are passionate about their subject, we aim to motivate all the students to reach beyond what they believe they are capable of. The department includes a very well resourced workshop and access to design and ICT suites. The use of computers is embedded across the subject, whether it be for design, manufacture, research, display or assessment purposes. The department is well resourced with a wide range of specialist materials, machinery and hand tools.

Within the Design and Technology Department pupils are prepared to enable them to take part in tomorrow's rapidly changing technologies.  The subject appeals for pupils to become independent problem solvers, both as individuals and members of a team.  They are encouraged to relate practical skills with an understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental issues, function and industrial practises. 

Construction is a predominantly a practical subject which involves:

  • practical demonstrations and use of technical equipment and processes
  • class discussions, brainstorming and research
  • working individually and in small groups to research and develop solutions
  • Working with a range of machinery and materials to produce a prototype
  • self-evaluation

Throughout Key Stage 4 pupils undertake a range of projects that will allow them to gradually expand their understanding of the subject and its specific requirements. This is tied in to a syllabus that compliments the projects with the theoretical understanding and skills required to excel.

Pupils will find themselves developing an understanding through Year 9 and 10 which will allow them to reach their potential in Year 11.


Year 9

In Year 9 students will follow a timetable that comprises of two theory and three practical lessons per fortnight. Over the year students will cover:

Section Focus Content Requirement
Students will have a solid understanding of health and safety legal requirements for working in the construction industry Students will be able to summarise responsibilities of health and safety legislation
  Identify safety signs used by construction industry
  Identify fire extinguishers used in different situations
  Describe role of the Health and Safety Executive
Students will be able to understand the risks to health and safety in different situations, both in the classroom and on a construction site. Students will be able to Identify hazards to health and safety in different situations
  Describe potential effects of hazards in different situations
  Explain the risk of harm in two different situations

Year 10

In Year 10 students will again follow a timetable that comprises of two theory and three practical lessons per fortnight. This builds on the learning of Year 9 further developing skills and understanding. Over the year students will cover:

Section Focus Content Requirement
Students will be able to understand how to minimise risks to health and safety in the classroom and on a construction site. Students will be able to explain existing health and safety control measures in different situations
  Recommend health and safety control measures in different situations
  Identify risks to security in construction in different situations
  Describe measures used in construction to minimise risk to security
NEA - Scaled stud walls Students will research and product two scaled stud walls including plasterboard, plaster, wallpaper and paint.

Towards the end of Year 10 they will be producing two scaled stud walls (one model and one half scale) including stud work, plasterboard, plaster, wallpaper and paint. Both of these will be used as part of their Non examined assessment.

They have an opportunity to take the final summative exam a year early, with only the best of the marks from their two attempts (one in Year 10 and then one in Year 11) counting this takes some of the stress out of their final year. This in combination with their continuing theory work will give them the best possible start to a successful Year 11.


Year 11

Year 11 is broken down into one theory lesson with an emphasis on exam technique and preparation and 4 hours working towards the second element of their Non examined assessment.

They also have a one hour summative exam which is worth 25% of the overall.


Future Possibilities

The successful completion of this qualification, together with other equivalent qualifications, such as in maths and the sciences, could provide the learner with opportunities to access a range of qualifications including GCE, apprenticeships, vocationally related and occupational qualifications. These include:

  • Level 3 Extended Project
  • Level 3 qualifications in construction, such as Diplomas in Construction and the Built Environment
  • Level 2 qualifications in specialist areas such as plumbing, bricklaying and carpentry
  • Apprenticeships in construction.