Design Technology

We believe that students deserve a Design & technology curriculum which prepares them for the world they live in.

Design and technology gives young people the skills and abilities to engage positively with the designed and made world.  They learn how products and systems are designed and manufactured, how to be innovative and to make creative use of a variety of resources including traditional and digital technologies, to improve the world around them.

We thrive to provide opportunities, which allow students to develop a knowledge of a range of technology areas in Key Stage 3 including; product design, Computer Aided Graphics and Food Preparation & Nutrition. Students should grow in confidence through dedicated teaching environments, manufacturing equipment and specialist teaching.

At the centre of the subject is creativity and imagination. Design & Technology is a subject which draws, develops and implements a range of different disciplines including mathematics, science, engineering, computing, geography, business studies and art. The subject embeds high quality literacy skills through analysis and evaluation techniques.

As students progress to Key Stage 4 they can choose an area within Design & Technology to study. In the chosen area, the subject allows for deeper study of the world they live in, potential career opportunities and with the skills developed at Key Stage 3 the confidence to take risks, become resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Food preparation and nutrition equips learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating. Learners consider how to cater for a range of religious and medical dietary needs in a variety of contexts. The subjects encourage students to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems, within a variety of contexts, while considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.

Department Staff

  • Mrs C Shires (Head of Department)
  • Mr C Deakes
  • Mr D Joyce
  • Mr P Wilkinson
  • Mrs S Howard
  • Mr M Riches

Key Stage 3 – Design and Technology

Students in Years 7 and 8 all have 2 hours Design Technology that is on a carousel rotation. Students study Resistant Materials, CAD CAM (Computer Aided Design & Computer Aided Manufacture), Photography and Food Technology.

Key Stage 4 - Construction

The BTEC Construction Award course is both an academic and a practical based, work-related course. You learn by completing practical projects and theoretical assessment books. These tasks are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. The construction course introduces you to the construction industry and employment in this area. It also provides opportunities to learn basic skills in trade and service areas.

We offer a very popular Construction course at De Warenne Academy, this highly subscribed subject prepares students for jobs in industry with many going onto related professions.

Food technology


During food technology students will learn;

  • The basics of hygiene and safety in the kitchen
  • Methods of heat transference and use of the cooker
  • The Eatwell Guide
  • Practical food skills which include weighing and measuring, chopping and time control.
  • Pupils will prepare a variety of different recipes.


GCSE Final Assessment

WJEC level 1/2 award in Hospitality and Catering

This course consists of two units, one internally assessed and one externally.

Unit 1 The Hospitality and catering industry – external assessment

Unit 2 Hospitality and catering in action – internal assessment

Throughout the course students will work on various practical skills and techniques to improve their food preparation skills in preparation for their internal assessment.

Students learn various cooking techniques throughout the year to prepare them for life.

Curriculum Plans

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