The DT department is a lively, forward thinking and successful department that constantly reviews and adapts its practice in order to enthuse and support students of all abilities to enjoy and fully participate in every opportunity that the subjects presents. Within the department there are Four Design and Technology teachers. All staff are passionate about their subject and actively encourage every student to aspire to achieve their best. 

Head of Department: Mrs S Derwent

Second in Department: Miss E Holland

Head of Catering: Mrs Coleman

Head of Engineering & Construction: Mr J Shergold

Technician: Mrs A Magee

Technician: Miss A Morgan


The department comprises of a workshop, a workshop/ electronics/ design classroom, a KS3 kitchen /classroom and a Catering kitchen all equipped with interactive whiteboards and visualisers. The department is well resourced with a range of Technological equipment including laser cutter, metal work lathe, brazing hearth and heat press.

A range of subjects are taught throughout DT.

  • Product Design GCSE and A Level
  • Constructing the Built Environment Level 2
  • Engineering GCSE
  • Catering GCSE
  • Level 3 BTEC Hospitality


Key Stage 3

At key stage 3 students’ complete 2 x 20 hour projects in Food and Resistant materials/ Product design.


Level 2 Constructing the Built Environment

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.

Safety and security are important considerations for those involved in construction projects. This may relate to commercially sensitive information such as tenders or construction designs and working in potentially unsafe environments. Safety and security relates to belongings, environments and people, whether they are colleagues or members of the public. All projects need to be planned. Some projects will last for months or years and need a Project Manager with several staff involved. Smaller scale projects, like refurbishments, might only involve one or two people throughout. All projects involve drawings and/or specifications which use international standard symbols and terminology which must be interpreted. From this technical information, calculations have to be made to identify resources required before the build process takes place.

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.


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.