Design Technology, Food, Creative Media, Art and ICT

“Your success will not be determined by your gender or your ethnicity but only by the scope of your dreams”
– Zaha Hadid (1950 – 2016)


Working in the Technology department helps learners to develop creative problem-solving skills. Teaching through the practical subjects offers students the opportunity to demonstrate and develop practical skills linked to British values and the ever-changing world of work.


In the Technology department, we have five specialist teachers.

Mr Clarke (TC) Teacher of Design Technology, Food and Nutrition theory and Curriculum area leader.

Miss Smithies (CS) Teacher of Food and Nutrition, BTEC Creative Media, Design Technology, More Able co-ordinator.

Mr Fraser (KF) Teacher of ICT, Food & Nutrition and Design Technology.

Mrs Ward (EWA) Teacher of Fine Art and KS3 art and technology.

Mrs McAllister (FMC) Teacher of Fine Art and KS3 Art and Technology.

Mr Pinder (AP) Technician for Technology area.

In years 7 and 8, students have four lessons of Technology, two lessons of Art, two lessons of ICT over a fortnight, whilst in years 9,10 and 11, option groups have five lessons a fortnight in all chosen subjects.

The Design Technology area deliver projects enabling students to experience and develop skills in modelling, designing, drawing, painting, food preparation and nutrition, computing and a good grounding in health and safety in the workplace. The project and areas of delivery are:

  • Design Technology – Year 7 Wildlife Habitat, Year 8 Structures.
  • Food – Year 7 Basic cookery, Year 8 Staple Foods.
  • Creative Media – Year 7 Basic Skills theory, Year 7 Earphone Project, Year 8 Superheroes.
  • Art – Year 7 confectionery and birds, Year 8 insects and portraits.
  • ICT – Computer architecture, Scratch, Audacity, Binary, Python Programming, Web Design, Online safety.

We have a team of experienced staff in the department, which equates to over 90 years teaching expertise between us. This promotes a diverse range of practical and teaching skills and knowledge, as experts within our own fields.

Pupils voice shows praise for our relationships within the department and with students. All staff achieved good feedback from lesson observations with some outstanding points.

The department has a consistently high percentage in the number of students in regards to option groups in years 9, 10 and 11.

We provide a practical skill based vocational led curriculum. This ethos is strengthened by staff offering:

  • Technology Tuesday club 3-4pm, open to all years.
  • Art lunchtime coursework catch up.
  • KS4 courses still offer NEA/Portfolio work.
  • Students in KS3 and KS4 cook at least once a week. Ingredients provided for students who are eligible free school meals and pupil premium.
  • KS4 model of NEA/portfolio implemented at KS3 at an age/ability appropriate level for Design Technology and Art.

Each year students learn the concepts of each technology area or discipline. In Food technology nutritious value for money family meals that fit in with the concept of healthy eating and healthy lifestyle. For Design Technology – Environmentally friendly approach to design concerning materials and processes. Whilst studying ICT students will explore what lies behind the concepts of computer architecture, the historical perspectives, and social impact of ICT on society, how data is stored, represented and manipulated, and legal aspects of ICT. In Art, students will develop their knowledge and understanding of the art and design world incorporating different historical design periods and a variety of cultural and social issues. For Creative Media, students are to compare modern media concepts, how and why they effect audiences over time. Develop and creating their own media outcomes in response to set briefs.

At key stage 4 the exam boards and qualifications are as follows:

  • ICT – OCR Cambridge Nationals in information technologies.
  • EDUQAS GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition. We chose this course because it provides the practical element as well as incorporating food science.
  • AQA GCSE Design Technology.
  • BTEC Tech awards in Creative Media. It is more project based qualification.
  • AQA GCSE Fine Art.
  • BTEC Tech award in Creative Media.

The curriculum caters for the individual needs, abilities and requirements of students. We are guided by, information on arrival to Stanley high and as their tenure progresses.

KS4 schemes of work are based upon guidance and specifications from the qualifications we deliver. Guidance obtained from exam-board subject advisors, and courses we attend. Staff network with other schools and on social media platform groups.

SEND students are provided resources that correlate with the strategy sheets they have. Staff also engage with local and national competition opportunities for the More Able. Workshops provided prior to joining the school. Literacy is a focus within the department. We use writing frames, annotations, word banks, and literacy-mats; and this has been noted as a strong positive for the department on the focus slides during observations.

Due to demand, the department consistently engage with the primary programme repeatedly. We believe the department has positively contributed to the increased pupil numbers from our local primaries. Feedback from KS2 students and teachers gives evidence of this. The department follows whole school policies. Our current focus as a department is to improve and maintain standards and results.

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