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“Strive for perfection in everything you do. Take the best that exists and make it better. When it does not exist, design it.”

Sir Henry Royce


Aim:  We aim to foster and develop a growth mindset that continually promotes a ‘Can do’ attitude which facilitates the interplay between the ‘Knowing how and Knowing why’.

Vision Statement:  Design & Technology prepares pupils to take part in the development of tomorrow’s rapidly changing world. We are committed to planning, developing, and delivering a programme of study which provides students with the broadest possible range of opportunities.  The subject encourages pupils to become autonomous and creative problem solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team. It enables them to identify needs and opportunities and to respond by developing ideas, and eventually making products. Through KS3 students in Design Technology will combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues, as well as functions and industrial practices.

Curriculum Intent: The national curriculum will be followed for both KS3 and KS4.

The principle aim of our KS3 curriculum will be to prepare our students for life beyond school, to know more and to be able do more. We will upskill our students and equip them with skills for life, whether they are going to be opting to study DT at KS4 or not. It is important to us to offer a broad programme of study to keep students engaged and encourage students to study this programme at a higher education.

In Design and Technology, we want students

  • to develop a growth mindset that promotes a ‘Can do’ attitude.
  • to work in a focused learning environment where they feel supported and where their achievements are valued and celebrated.
  • to foster enjoyment, satisfaction, and purpose in designing and making things.

Curriculum Implementation:  Programme of studies are sequenced and will focus on building on prior knowledge. Content and concepts are ordered to support progression through Key stages. This will be delivered through our carefully planned rotation. Each project will interlock with the next and previous. There will be a strong focus on practical outcomes throughout KS3, making sure students can use the correct equipment, materials, and machinery.

Teaching Pedagogy:  Every member of the technology department has an area of specialism. Thus, the KS3/4 curriculum and rotations have been designed around utilising this. Pupils will be taught by an expert in their field of expertise. Projects will be taught in purpose build learning environments. Graphics in graphics room, Metalwork in metal workshop, Woodwork in woodwork room, CAD in an IT suite, Bricklaying in the construction yard and Food & nutrition in the kitchens.  In D&T we all share the same vision and understanding of our roles in the delivery of our curriculum, we are a dynamic department. We proudly promote individualism, and this will be at the heart of what we do. Staff will have complete autonomy in the delivery of their part of the curriculum.

What do you need to be ‘good’ at Design and Technology?  Successful students will be alert and interested in their surroundings – looking at the design of items and being curious about what they are made from, and how they are made.  They need to be good at listening to instructions and working to a time limit.  They also need to be able to work positively and to be proud of the things that they produce.


Teaching staff

  • ‚ÄčMr Johan Nieuwoudt: Head of Design & Technology
  • Mr James Morgan: Second in Department/KS3/GCSE Metal focus
  • Mrs Claire Clarkson: KS3/GCSE Timber focus/Lead on GCSE Child Development
  • Mrs Sally Ferguson: Lead on Food/GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition
  • Miss Elizabeth Harris: KS3 & KS4 Food
  • Mrs Nicola Harvey-Furniss: KS3/GCSE Paper and Board focus/Art
  • Mr Rob Brehony: KS3/Lead teacher of GCSE Constructing the Built Environment
  • Mrs Vanessa Burley: KS3/GCSE Textiles
Key stage 3 D&T

All students in Years 7 – 9 will study design and technology for 4 hours every fortnight. We operate on a carousel model which will provide students access to all specialist areas. Our main aim is for students to develop lifelong practical life skills that will enable them to cook, repair, design & make in their lives outside of John Kyrle High School.

Year 7

  • Memphis Inspired Clocks
  • Spinning Tops – Solidworks & 3D Printing
  • Introduction to Drawing & Mood lights – TS Design & Laser cutting
  • Food
  • Textiles

Year 8

  • Traditional wooden box with Marquetry top
  • Maori inspired Pewter cast Jewellery
  • Personalised CNC desk storage
  • Food
  • Textiles

Year 9

  • Multi-Material LED desk light
  • Aluminium Padlocks
  • Graphic Product Design
  • Food
  • Textiles
Key stage 4 D&T

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