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Thomas Alleyne’s Design & Technology Department aims to provide an exciting, creative and challenging curriculum to all students. Our department aims to allow all students to combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking enabling them to design and make products. We aim to equip all students with the skills to think creatively, be socially, morally and environmentally aware and solve problems as individuals, in pairs and as team members.

Design & Technology really does allow all students to be individuals, provides many opportunities and allows for progression in many aspects of learning and development of academic and practical skills. This is evident throughout all three key areas, Resistant Materials, Graphic Products and Food & Nutrition.

As a department we aim to contribute to the whole school policy of providing students with a broad and balanced curriculum which will equip them with skills that they can use in the future and prepare them for today’s world of rapidly changing technologies.

The Curriculum:

The Design & Technology curriculum at Thomas Alleyne's consists of three key Stages:

Key Stage 3 (year 9), Key Stage 4 (years 10 & 11), Key Stage 5 A level (years 12 & 13).

Key Stage 3: 

All students will have the opportunity to experience all three key areas of Design & Technology, (Food & Nutrition,  Resistant Materials and Graphic Products).

All Key Stage 3 students will have two lessons of Design & Technology over the two-week timetable.

(3 x 1hr lessons per fortnight)

Key Stage 4: 

Students can opt to study one or more of the following Design & Technology subjects at this level, they include Resistant Materials, Graphic Products and Food & Nutrition.  However, it is not possible to opt for Resistant Materials and Graphic Products, but it is possible to opt for Resistant Materials and Food & Nutrition together as well as Graphic Products with Food & Nutrition together.

All students opting to study Design & Technology at Key Stage 4 will be entered for a GCSE qualification (examination board is currently EDUQAS (WJEC)) in which marks are awarded as follows:

NEA (Non Exam Assessment) and made product (controlled assessment): 50%

Written Exam: 50%

All Key Stage 4 students will have four lessons spread over the two week timetable.

(5 x 1hr  lessons per fortnight)

Contact Details:

Mr G Quigley: Head of Design & Technology, Teacher of Graphic Products,  Resistant Materials, Cooking & Nutrition.

Mr T Swindlehurst: Lead teacher of A Level Design, Teacher of Graphic Products, Resistant Materials, Food & Nutrition.

Mrs L Summers: Lead teacher of Food and Nutrition, Teacher of Graphic Products, Resistant Materials, Food & Nutrition.

Miss S Wood: Senior Food Technician.