Subject Overview

Design Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. Students will acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. They will learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, students will develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

Students will engage in a variety of creative and practical activities. Students will gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. Design and Technology is delivered by dedicated staff in specialist facilities. The department operates from the Coniston Block at Wellfield Academy in a well-equipped workshop.

Throughout their time in Design and Technology, students will:

•    develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
•    build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
•    critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others


Design and Technology Subject Staff

Mr Beales    Head of Creative Faculty and Teacher of Design Technology

Mr Winrow  Teacher of PE and Design Technology


KS3 Design and Technology

In Years 7 and 8, Design Technology is taught once a week. In Year 9 this subject is taught as a carousel of subjects where students rotate between Food Technology, Drama and Design Technology. Students are set in mixed ability classes.