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The Technology Curriculum Area is well organised, forward-thinking and practically based.

Students are able to further develop their understanding of the design industry from hands-on interaction with modern processes (i.e. 3D printing, laser cutting, thermo printing, and computer aided embroidery) and materials (i.e. neoprene, polymorph).

We are firmly committed to improving all that we do and invite you to take a further look at what we have to offer.

Ethos & Values

  • To enhance students quality of learning through the effective delivery of the Resistant Materials and Textiles.
  • To raise attainment by improving confidence, self-belief and encouraging pride in students own work.
  • To consistently set high standards of expectations and match these with high quality teaching, resources and learning experiences.
  • To provide a range of educational experiences appropriate to the age, ability and needs of our students relating to industrial processes and practices.
  • To manage resources and monitor the development of new trends to ensure maximum benefit to our learners and learning environment.
  • To adopt a philosophy of continuous improvement in all aspects of the delivery of all subjects within the Curriculum Area.

Knowledge & Skills

  • Design and technology prepares students for participation in tomorrow's rapidly developing world of technologies.
  • Students are provided with the necessary individual and team skills to gain confidence in their own abilities and become creative problem solvers.
  • Students will recognise needs, wants and opportunities and respond to them by developing a range of ideas and making products and systems that successfully meet these demands.
  • Students will practise skills in research, communication and management in design and production.
  • Students will improve all areas of practical, spoken, and written communication skills through experiencing a wide range of learning styles from specialist teachers.
  • Students will develop an understanding of aesthetics, social, moral and environmental issues.
  • Students will experience working with CAD/CAM and other industrial based processes.

All students are encouraged to express personal and informed opinions through design, research, analysis and evaluation tasks. The main focus is upon the improvement of practical problem solving skills for a variety of purposes and consumer groups. Creativity is actively encouraged, as is the importance of accuracy and presentation within all forms of work. Both Key Stages 3 and 4 students have access to the ICT suite using programs such as SolidWorks, Corel Draw and Sketch Up and to the CAD/CAM centre.

Through design and technology, all students can become discriminating and informed users of products, and become innovators.

Resources & Facilities

There is currently one workshop equipped for multi-media design and/or construction work with resistant materials. The workshop has been equipped with resources and equipment to support traditional and modern processes.

Resources are continuing to be reviewed and updated; students have access to a hot wire strip heater and a vacuum press kit (amongst a range of items). Hand tools have been purchased to ensure that students at KS3/4 have new and reliable equipment.

Another room has been converted into a dedicated CAD/CAM facility which has a laser cutter. We have also added a high specification 3D printer to the room, this uses photo polymers to print 3D models of student's designs.

We also have a Textile room, which contains a full suite of sewing machines, computer controlled sewing machine and other supporting resources. Within the Textiles room we have dedicated computer facilities which house a total of 8 multi-media PCs. Other PCs are located in the workshop, therefore allowing direct integration into the day to day processes required for the modern curriculum.

In both workshops, wall space is positively used to create informative and stimulating displays that reflect modern processes, support the projects and create an expectation for achievement.

Courses & Qualifications

Key Stage 3

Across years 7 & 8 students follow the national curriculum in technology with one lesson split between resistant materials and textiles.

The National Curriculum in England also specifies the activities through which D&T should be taught:

  • Product Analysis; in which pupils examine the designing and making of others.
  • Focused Practical Tasks (FPTs); short tasks with a specific teaching point to develop, for example, a technique, a skill, understanding of a processes or knowledge.
  • Design and Make Assignments (DMAs); longer tasks in which pupils demonstrate their capability to design and make in the specialist area.

Key Stage 4

GCSE Resistant Materials and Textiles over a three year period both consist of Focused Practical Tasks (FPT's); short tasks with specific teaching point of development. Design and make Assignments (DMA's); longer tasks developing student's capabilities within design and make in specialist areas. These all building up to the students completing a controlled assessment work 60% of their GCSE and a 2hr written theoretical exam paper worth 40%.

Learning Outside The Classroom

Technology Club

Teachers offer their skills and supervision either during the lunch break or after school allowing students to further their skills with a range of fun activities.

Where Does This Take Me In The Future?


  • Provides technical and employability skills, knowledge and understanding which are transferable and will enable individuals to meet changing circumstances, whether these arise from a shift in their own status or in employment.
  • Provides a good progression route to more advanced qualifications at 6th Form, college and through to Degree level.
  • Provides opportunities for students who may wish to be employed in apprenticeships or work based learning environment.
  • Helps students to think and function independently and to become financially capable.
  • Provides a solid foundation of design appreciation which can be developed into industrial, fashion, interior and product design or any of the engineering fields.

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Somercotes Academy Principal

Frances Green