Welcome to Claremont High School Academy’s Design and Technology Department.
"British designers are celebrated all over the world for their creativity and innovation
but the real strength of our industry has, and always will, lie in education." - Sir Terence Conran
With technology progressing rapidly it is more important than ever for students to have a secure
knowledge of design and technology. We aim to provide our students with opportunities to engage
in invigorating, challenging, high quality technological and design based experiences.
The Design Technology department offers pupils the opportunity to develop high level designing
and making skills as well as significant opportunities to develop as independent learners.
Design and Technology is a very popular uptake from Year 8 into Year 9 and has produced
excellent results at GCSE level.
Why study design and technology?
Design and Technology opens the door to a wide range of careers in the creative, engineering and manufacturing
industries. It is also excellent preparation for careers in many other fields. Whatever career you choose the
knowledge and skills you learn will be invaluable, particularly those concerned with rapidly growing technologies.
Design & Technology provides students will the necessary skill sets required for a career in Architecture,
Engineering, Product & Industrial design as well as other career choices such as graphical design and
illustration, media, photography and animation.
The Design and Technology Department Team
The Design and Technology Department consists of 6 teachers; Mr Kelly (Head of Department) Mr Goddard,
Mr Tan and Ms Fleming & Mrs Savinkina.
Key Stage 3- Year 7 and 8
During Year 7 pupils will undertake a range of projects across all of the different disciplines of Design &
Technology including Resistant Materials, Graphical Skills, 2D & 3D CAM, as well as specific unit covering the
theory element of Design and Technology where students will learn about a range of core and specialist technical
In Year 8 students will undertaken projects in the same specialist areas as year 7 where students will get the
opportunity to further develop the skills the were taught in year 7. However in year 8 the topic of electronics will also
be introduced and students will undertake a combined electronics and resistant materials based project.
Throughout year 7 & 8 students will undertake projects lasting between 8 - 12 weeks. Through these projects
students will develop their 2D and 3D drawing skills, their 2D and 3D CAD skills and how to use a wide range of
manufacturing equipment of Technology. All projects will culminate with students design and making a final product
that has been designed and manufactured to fulfil a given design brief.
For students who opt to continue with Design and Technology, they will then enter their GCSE foundation year.
During the course of this year they will learn a range of skills that will provide them with a secure knowledge base
to enable them to design and manufacture a range of products. These skills will then be further developed in
years 10 and 11. In year 9 there will be a greater focus on the students design and communication skills.
Students will spend more time developing the form and aesthetics of their product and will begin to develop the
skills necessary to balance form and function.
Key Stage 4- GCSE
At KS4 Stage 4 pupils will continue to develop and build upon the core technical principles that they have gained
as part of their foundation year. Pupils will do this by undertaking a range of design and make assignments.
In each of these assignment students will be given a different design brief that they must follow.
Each project is tailored to teach pupils a specific part of the AQA GCSE Design and Technology specification.
Over the course of year 10 and 11 students will undertake several of these projects which cover all of the areas
outlined in the GCSE specification.
In year 11 pupils will undertake a final major project which will count as 50% of their final GCSE grade. At the end
of year 11 students will sit a 2 hour exam which will make up the remaining 50% of their grade.
Exam Structure GCSE:
Key Stage 4: Creative i Media
As part of our provision for KS4 the Design & Technology department also offer a level 1/2 creative i media course.
This course is perfect for students wishing to follow a career in any aspect of the media industry. Student studying
on this course at KS4 will need to complete four units over the two year course. These units can vary, however
students can expect to cover topics such as: Animation, Photography, game design and development,
creation of digital graphics, pre production skills and website design. Students will learn skills through a hands on
and practical course. The creative i media course is a media sector-focused course tailored for careers in film,
television, web development, gaming and animation.
Key Stage 5- A Level
A-level Design and Technology: Product Design (3-D Design) helps students take a broad view of design and
technology, develop their capacity to design and make products and appreciate the complex relations between
design, materials, manufacture and marketing. This course will continue to provide students with the opportunity
to design and make both aesthetically pleasing and functional products across the two year course. Students will
realise their design ideas through a range of materials, manufacturing techniques and processes including CAD
The Design & Technology department provide a wide range of extra curricular activities. Every year we run a
range of activities to help our student develop their designing and engineering skills in a hands on practical way.
As part of our extra curricular provision we enter students into the Design Ventura competition where they compete
against other schools to design, prototype and manufacture a new and innovative product in a 'Dragons Den'
style competition. Students compete in teams of 4-5 against other schools from across the country.
As part of our ongoing initiative to show pupils how their technology skills can be used applied to careers in the
design industry we run an annual trips to Warner Brother Studios, where students take part in workshops designed
to teacher them how to apply their Design and Technology skills to the film and production industry.
For our KS4 groups we also run a trip to the 'New Designers' exhibition each year. This trip gives pupils the
fantastic opportunity to view the amazing work being showcased by the newest design talent in the country from
some of the top design Universities. This trip is always sure to inspire and motivate our KS4 pupils.
We also run a range of in house extra curricular activities which include:
- Robotics STEM club
- Visits and educational talks from STEM ambassadors
- Claremont Inter-college design competitions
- Lunchtime CAD Club