Design & Technology


Within Design and Technology at The Deepings School we endeavour to make the subject as inspiring, creative and rigorous and practical as possible.

Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens.

Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality Design and Technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

We aim to:

Develop in pupils Technology capability through designing and making artefacts, systems and environments in response to needs and opportunities identified by them and through focused tasks. 

Teach pupils to draw on their knowledge and skills from other subjects and their growing understanding of the needs and beliefs of other people and cultures, now and in the past.

Create a stimulating environment by effective use of displays of pupils' work.

Develop and encourage active participation in the pupils' own learning through establishing safe work habits and self-discipline. 

Allow pupils to work both individually and as a part of a team.

Provide opportunities to work with textiles, graphic media, such as paint, paper, photographs, and resistant materials, such as metal, wood, and plastics.

Arouse curiosity and awareness of the world in which they live through project work in the contexts of the home, school, community, business and industry.


SUBJECT TEAM: Mr D Gardiner, Mrs L Tomlinson, Mrs C Stevenson


Years 7 and 8

All students study the following subjects on a rotation basis:

Textiles, Resistant Materials, Food Technology, Product Desgin & Systems

Year 9

Students select either one of the Technology subjects, or Art, to study in depth.

This enables them to gain an insight into what the GCSE course in their selected subject would entail.  However, they can still take a different GCSE Technology subject in Years 10 & 11 if they choose to.

Year 10 & 11

Students can choose to take GCSEs in:

Food Technology, Catering, Resistant Materials and Product Design.

Examination Courses Offered

AQA                GCSE                      Resistant Materials Technology

AQA                GCSE                      Food Technology     

OCR               GCSE                      Child Development

AQA                GCSE                     Graphic Products

AQA                GCSE                      Product Design

WJEC             GCSE                      Catering

Edexcel          A-Level                    Product Design Graphic Products

Edexcel          A-Level                    Product Design Resistant Materials

AQA                A-Level                    Food Technology


Students typically have gone on to study Degree subjects in the following disciplines:

  • Architecture
  • Product Design
  • Interior Design
  • Engineering 

Ollie Ward, a past pupil at the school, gained a first class honours degree in Product Design at Nottingham Trent University and then got a 6th month secondment to work with Nestle in Switzerland. He is now branching out and developing his own product designs. This year Jamie Reeve and Kate McShane have gone to Nottingham University to start Design courses. Daniel Cooling has started his degree in Product Design following an A* grade achieved in A2 Product Design with Graphics.


Subject success stories are numerous and are described below:

Achievement in Resistant Materials – Ollie Ruff so impressed Baker Perkins, his work experience employers last year, that they offered him a place on their apprenticeship scheme.

In 2013 Hayley Cancea (Yr 12) won the National Future Chef competition securing herself work experience with a range of top chefs, a day cooking at Royal Ascot, catering equipment and £400 worth of vouchers for the school. Hayley wowed judges with her Mediterranean style roulade of pork with a sage & onion beignet and wild mushroom and spinach pithivier, followed by a dark chocolate bavarois with a raspberry sorbet and crushed pistachios. In 2014 Lauren Cooper (Yr 10) Won the Regional Finals.


In order to enhance our students’ learning we provide a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities in the form of industrial links and visits. Typical examples are as follows:

GCSE Taster Sessions – During February and March, we run a series of after-school taster sessions across all subjects in the Department.  This gives Year 9 students, who are going through the process of choosing which subjects to study at GCSE level, the chance to sample the courses available to them.

Yr 11 GCSE  Coursework Support – Running throughout the year, these afterschool sessions are offered by Food Technology, Resistant Materials, Graphic Products, Child Development and offer GCSE students the opportunity to improve, or to simply have extra support in understanding the tasks involved in completing the student work as part of their course. See subject specialist teacher for details.

Yr 7 & 8 Christmas Cooking Club – An eight week programme where students learn to cook festive treats such as pudding cake pops, classic mince pies, herby sausage rolls and pretty tree decorations.

Yr 9 Cooking Mentors – Fancy taking part in something rewarding, challenging and fun that improves your people skills, gets you working with younger students, and helps you learn new cooking skills along the way? At various times throughout the year you will be able to attend Primary school cooking sessions, where you will support and deliver cooking skills to Yr 5 & 6 students from local Primary schools.

Educational Visits - Last year, students were given the opportunity to take part in many educational visits, including:

  • The Design Museum, London
  • The Product Design New Designers Exhibition, London


  • 05.41 PM - 15 November 2018 Hampton Hargate Primary - ready to meet you! Read more
  • 12.02 PM - 15 November 2018 We're delighted to be taking part in the again this year (national enterprise challenge) and looking forward to the finals at Wembley Stadium in July.
  • 09.38 PM - 12 November 2018 Want to chat about becoming a teacher? Come and see us this evening at the Train to Teach event at Arthur Mellows school, Glinton. Primary and Secondary training places available for a Sept 2019 start. For details: We look forward to meeting you!
  • 09.19 AM - 9 November 2018 Looking forward to welcoming our Trust colleagues for PLN meetings this morning