King James' School

Design & Technology

Head of Department: Mr A Bolger

The individual specialisms found within the Faculty share a common philosophy in the delivery of the Key Stage 3 Design & Technology curriculum, with special emphasis placed upon students creating high quality outcomes in a variety of material areas. In Year 9, students opt to focus on a specific material area of their choice including: Product Design, Food or Textiles. This allows a greater depth of skills and knowledge to be achieved as a foundation for further learning should they continue the subject at GCSE.

At Key Stage 4, students can follow a full course in the new GCSE Design and Technology specification which is a two year Product Design course beginning in Year 10. At GCSE we also offer a two year course in Food & Nutrition. Alongside these there will be a number of Technical Awards offered including: Materials Technology, Fashion & Textiles and Food & Catering. These are equivalent to GCSE but allow students to carry out more practical investigations in a material area of their choice.

Post-16 courses are offered in Product Design and Fashion and Textiles at A Level.  These are essential qualifications in order to access further design courses at degree level.

The faculty enjoys an excellent reputation for being at the forefront of developments in delivering courses appropriate to the needs of students entering a world of technological innovation. From Year 7 onwards students are actively encouraged to solve real problems through the process of designing and making.

Our students regularly achieve success in local and national competitions including: NYBEP Engineering Inspirations, Harrogate DT Rotary Tournament and the Greenpower Challenge.

Teaching Staff:

Mr A Bolger
Mrs N Armstrong           
Dr N Brodie 
Mrs A Garbutt
Mr S Hutchinson
Miss L Kaur 
Mrs C Rees

Technicians: Mr R Marriott
Mrs J Akroyd
Mrs M Somerville