Design and Technology

The Design and Technology department at JSCHS aims to provide students with a safe and secure learning environment where they can achieve to the best of their ability.

Technology lessons equip our students with a variety of life skills. Students have a range of subjects offered to them which means they have a wider range of career options available.

Students gain many skills in KS3 and can fine tune these skills in KS4. They leave competent and with confidence in their skills. ICT is an integral part of Technology and we are supported with one specialised ICT room in the department and three interactive whiteboards. The department actively supports students to develop their skills and confidence in using ICT. We like the students to be familiar with the hardware and software they use and to become more aware of when and how to use it in their work.

Technology is delivered in well equipped, purpose built rooms including one Textile, two Food, and two rooms for the delivery of Resistant Materials and Graphic Products.

Topics taught in Technology


The department offers at Key Stage 3, a wide range of learning experiences which give students of all abilities the opportunity to achieve their potential whilst remaining sensitive to student’s individual needs. Students receive four 1 hour sessions per fortnight in Technology.

Current cross-technology projects include:

  • Safety in all areas: Students learn how to use all machines and equipment safely and effectively.
  • Other projects include: Blue Reef Aquarium, Phone stand, Penguin beanie toy, Pen design, Box Punch, Chocolate bar and wrapper design.


Students can then choose to specialise, at key stage 4 from a wide range of courses. Technology GCSEs are 50% coursework and 50% final exam, so before the exam each student could be secure in the knowledge that they have already achieved over half of the final marks. Students receive five 1 hour sessions per fortnight in Technology.

  • GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition
  • GCSE Design and Technology specialising in Textile Technology or graphic Products
  • VCERT Food and Cookery
  • VCERT In Creative Craft specialising in Resistant Materials
  • BTEC Technical Award Health & Social Care – The study of various aspects of Health and Social Care provision from infancy to old age.

Activities in Technology

We have various activities and extra curricular events in Technology;

  • Extra curricular events within the department e.g. “Lego Club” KS3 after school club. Duke of Edinburgh awards scheme, STEM club, This is Creative Enterprise, Young Engineers.
  • Technology events e.g. Clothes Show trip, TICE.
  • Competition entries e.g. Matthew Williamson design work.
  • External expertise is often brought in to benefit the students e.g. The Royal Marines and various cultural visitors.

Staffing expertise

The department has a well–qualified, experienced, cross-section of staff who have a wide range of skills and knowledge gained through academic and industrial backgrounds. Staff teach in all aspects of Technology across the Key Stages, and in all ability ranges.

The Technology staff are:

  • Miss J Armstrong (Curriculum Leader)
  • Mrs K Winder (Assistant Curriculum Leader)
  • Mrs H Anderson
  • Mr S Crowe
  • Mrs C Collins
  • Mrs N Evans
  • Mrs A Armitage
  • Miss A Wilson