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 and Technology Curriculum, with special emphasis placed upon students creating high quality outcomes in a variety of materials areas. In Year 9, students opt to focus on a specific material area of their choice from Product Design, Food or Textiles. This allows a greater depth of skills and knowledge to be achieved as a foundation, should they then opt for D&T at GCSE.

At Key Stage 4, students follow a full course in Design and Technology (options offered are Design Technology (product design), Design Technology (textiles), Fashion & Textiles Technical Award , Food & Catering Technical Award, Food, Preparation & Nutrition, Materials Technology Technical Award, Visual Communication Technical Award. These are two year courses which begin at the start of Year 10. At post-16, courses in Product Design (3D) and Textiles Technology are offered at both AS and A2 Level. A wide and varied use of CAD/CAM is integral to all courses at KS3, KS4 and post-16.

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: the prestigious county-held YORTEK Award; Young Engineers for Britain; CITB Airport Challenge and the Greenpower Challenge. 

Teaching Staff:

Mr A Bolger
Mrs N Armstrong
Mr A Bond            
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