D&T - Resistant Materials & Graphics


Subject Overview

The subject makes an important contribution towards the students’ preparation for living in a contemporary, changing and multi-cultural society.

We further the work undertaken in junior schools in the area of design and technology specializing in Resistant Materials and Graphics.  This is at present compulsory at Key Stage 3 and optional at other stages.

We give a short introduction to the main materials used, including use of wood, metal and plastics.  We are trying to give students an understanding of the manufactured world and introduce the design process.

For full details of the structure, content and assessment in D&T - Resistant Materials & Graphics, please refer to the KS 3, 4 and 5 Programmes of Study


We offer a range of enrichment activities to support learning in Design and Technology. These activities include:

  • Holiday catch up sessions for GCSE

  • After school catch up sessions

  • Textiles drop in club for Key Stage 3

  • Sock Monkey club for Year 7 (Thursday Break 1)

  • KS3 Cooking Club after school on Wednesdays

  • KS3 Resistant Materials Club (Monday and Wednesday Break 2)

  • Cake decorating sessions

  • Links with local colleges (catering)

  • Set design and make club


We have 3 workshops (rooms X, Y and Z) and one specialist graphics room (room W).

The rooms are traditional and well equipped.  We are particularly proud of our laser cutting facility.  This piece of machinery is available to students but they need to acquire the software skills.

Faculty Contacts

Ms P Bower Head of Department
Mr S Anderson
Mr S Chimonas
Mr S Evans
Mr M Anker Department Technician

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