Design & Technology
Overview of the Design & Technology Department
The curriculum intent for Design & Technology is to equip learners to deal with tomorrow's rapidly changing world. It encourages learners to become independent, creative problem solvers and thinkers as individuals and part of a team. It enables them to identify needs and opportunities and to respond to them by developing a range of ideas and by making products and systems. 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.
Through the study of core technical principles, specialist technical principles and design and making principles, learners combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues, as well as functions and industry. This allows them to reflect on and evaluate past and present technology, its uses and impact. With this knowledge, students are prepared to be able to use technology through creating, designing and making. Learners will be able use design and technology to develop their ideas into a suitable level that will set them up for the future workplace and to become active contributors in the digital world we now live in.
Meet the Design & Technology teachers
|Mr D Edwards||Head of Department||Mr Edwards joined the Academy in 2018. He is passionate about the Arts and Design Technology and has a special interest in Photography.|
|Mrs A Jago||Second in Charge||Mrs Jago is a very experienced teacher who is also part of the innovation team supporting the development of teaching in the school. Mrs Jago has been sharing her expertise with students at Crayford Academy since 2013|
|Mr A McManus||Teacher||Mr McManus' key interest is for three-dimensional design and photography. This provides our students further opportunities to develop skills in the creative industry. Mr McManus has taught at Crayford Academy since 2018.|
|Miss J Davies||Teacher||Miss Davies is a key member of the department who joined in 2018. She has developed topics and projects for our students. Miss Davies' big passion is painting and she works tirelessly to support our students to achieve.|
|Mrs P Qaugraine||Teacher||
Miss Quagraine joined the school in 2023 and is the lead teacher for Hospitality and Catering. She also teaches Art and Design.
Key Stage 3
At KS3 students explore Design Technology focusing on the design process real life designers use. Students build skills in a range of different materials including wood, plastics and fabrics.
The KS3 SOL is designed to directly link to GCSE Design Technology and Food Technology.
Key Stage 4
How does Design & Technology prepare students for the next stage of their education or employment?
At Crayford Academy, we believe that the study of Design and Technology builds up valuable skills in creative problem solving, empathic understanding of others’ needs and preparing learners for real life scenarios.