Design and Technology

The teaching of Design and Technology (D&T) prepares pupils to participate in tomorrow's rapidly changing technologies, learning to think creatively. The subject calls for pupils to become problem solvers, both as individuals and in groups - looking for needs, wants and opportunities and responding to them by developing a range of ideas, making products and systems. Practical skills are combined with an understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental issues, function and industrial practices. In the learning process pupils can reflect on and evaluate present and past D&T, its uses and effects.

Through D&T, all pupils can become discriminating and informed users of products, and become innovators.


“I’ve always supported Design and Technology. It’s a subject that allows young people to learn with their hands and their brains. We’ll need these practical, problem-solving people to address the challenges that face us”. James Dyson

Meet the Staff

  • Mr R. Walker
  • Mr T. Van Ecker (Technician)

Our aims

  • Developing a curriculum which engages young people in designing and making in order to create quality products and prepare them for citizenship in a technological society.
  • Engaging young people in investigating and evaluating products and their applications and through looking at the associated values.
  • Enhancing the quality of teaching and learning in D&T
  • Developing positive links with other curriculum areas, especially science, mathematics and art and design.
  • Working with industry and commerce to ensure that the benefits of such experiences permeate the curriculum at all levels.
  • Influencing society around us and bringing increased recognition of those involved in designing and making

Key stage 3

  • In year 7 students follow the License to Cook programme taking part in 4 modules; basic cooking skills, food hygiene, wise food shopping and healthy eating. On successful completion of each module a certificate is awarded.
  • Year 8 learners study nutrition gaining an in depth knowledge of the food needed to keep us healthy and apply their knowledge by designing a menu for a specific group of people. They will achieve the Active Kids Get Cooking Silver Award.
  • Year 9 learners will learn about contemporary world foods gaining knowledge of the equipment, ingredients, methods and styles used to prepare foods from around the world and the skills required to prepare, cook and review them. They will achieve the Active Kids Get Cooking Gold Award.
  • Learners are taught basic textiles skills and are encouraged to explore the world of textiles by taking part in projects such as: designing and making puppets, bags and cushions.

Key Stage 3 Schemes of work

To view our Year 7 Cooking and Nutrition scheme of work click here

To view our Year 8 Cooking and Nutrition scheme of work click here

To view our Year 9 Cooking and Nutrition scheme of work click here

To view our Year 7 Textiles scheme of work click here

To view our Year 8 Textiles scheme of work click here

To view our Year 9 Textiles scheme of work click here

To view our KS3 programme of study for Product Design please click here



  • Learners follow the AQA syllabus for GCSE Product Design.
  • Learners can progress their studies to take GCSE Catering or BTEC Hospitality studying a variety of units to equip them with the knowledge and skills for a career in the hospitality industry.
  • Textiles course offers candidates opportunities ranging from fashion to interior design. Learners consider aesthetics, industrial use of textiles and manufacturing processes.

A Level

  • OCR Product Design AS and A2 course
  • AQA Textiles AS and A2 course
  • We often come up with some very promising products in our Design and Technology coursework assignments, and last year was no exception. Our Year 13 students have developed diverse prototypes for folding seats and tables, a picnic eating system, an injured limb support device for medical emergencies, and commercial display units. Two designs –a bike-locking system and a go-kart lifting system – were so promising that companies who manufacture similar devices have asked to be kept informed about the final development and testing of the prototypes.

Extra Curricular Activities

  • An open door policy means learners can utilise workshop facilities when required under close teacher supervision.
  • Learners are encouraged to develop technical skills whilst taking part in personally challenging activities through a range of practical work.
  • Let’s Get Cooking Club.
  • Can Cook Will Cook Competition.

Our Recent Successes

Years 11, 12 and 13, reached the quarterfinal of the ‘Can Cook Will Cook’ competition.

Year 10 students recently represented the Technology Department in a One- Day Challenge at Jaguar Land Rover in Halewood. Gateacre won the engineering construction final.

  • Former student Graeme Thyer was notable for his success whilst studying A level Product Design at Gateacre. He was a finalist in the Audi Young Designer of the Year Award, resulting in a fantastic prize of an all expenses paid trip to the Audi design centre and production plant at Ingolstadt in Germany. Graeme is now a professional industrial designer.

Vorsprung durch Technik!