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Design and Technology

The Design and Technology Faculty is a strong and enthusiastic team.  We pride ourselves on the high quality of our teaching and learning, our teamwork and our excellent relationships with students.  We offer students the opportunity to study a range of AQA Design and Technology specifications and Engineering.  At Oakbank School, all students get the opportunity to undertake a Design and Technology GCSE.  Design and Technology is considered a core subject and something which we are very proud of.

 

The team consists of sixteen members of staff, 12 experienced teaching staff, 3 technicians and 1 non-teaching staff. We are a forward-thinking department, with a wide range of experience and expertise, committed to working together closely on department business, projects, resources and extra-curricular activities.  We have an excellent set of shared resources: including our new specification books and in-house e-technology materials.  All teachers use rooms located in the Design and Technology area and each room is fitted with a computer and a projector.  Each and every classroom / workshop is well equipped, well presented and an excellent environment for learning.

 

Our department policy is to ensure that each student is provided with the opportunities to achieve his/her full potential in Design and Technology, regardless of gender, ability or ethnic origin.  Equal opportunities and respect for the individual is the mainstay of our work with both staff and students alike.

 

In recent internal and external inspections, Design and Technology has been rated to be good and outstanding for achievement, progress and teaching & learning.

 

You can contact the Head and subject heads at any time using the following email addresses:

Grant Ellis - Head of Design & Technology - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Deb Lister - Assistant Head Of Design & Technology - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Larry Seaman - Design & Technology Lead Teacher - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Louise Smith - Head Of Post 16 D&T - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Jackie Doidge - Head Of Food Technology - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Design and Technology results (last 2 years)

Results/Statistics for D&T

GCSE 

 2012

2013 

 A* to C Grades

 71%

(269 entered)

 63.5%

(302 entered

 A*, A & B Grades

 47%

 46%

 A* to G Grades

 97%

 99%

POST 16: A Level

ALPs Score

 3

 2

 
 
2012/13 has been an extremely successful year for Design and Technology at Oakbank School. D&T has seen 63.5% of students gain an A* - C GCSE grade (cohort of 302 students), with 46% A*, A & B grades. 99% of students achieved an A* to G grade.
 
For the fourth year running, Design and Technology at Oakbank School has performed above the JCQ national cumulative percentage.  The faculty was above in all grades, in particularly A*, A, B & C grades.

Post 16 students continue to excel with 100% of students achieving an A-E grade, with 63% of students achieving an A*, A or B grade.   Oakbank School students’ performed ‘statistically significantly’ above the national average.

 

 


Graphics Products Pictures

 

Curriculum Structure
 Key Stage 3
Year 7 – All students have two one hour periods of D & T per week. The students rotate approximately every 10 weeks to study all areas of D & T. This allows one rotation in each Technology specialism. The areas within Design Technology include: Food Technology, Graphic Products, Resistant Materials and Textiles. 
Year 8 – All students have three one hour periods of D & T per week. The students rotate approximately every 10 weeks to study all areas of D & T. This allows one rotation in each Technology specialism. (In the final term, students choose one area to follow for Year 9 onwards).
You can see many photos of the work we undertake at Key Stage 3 Design and Technology at Oakbank School.
 

 


Year 8 Resistant Materials Pictures


 

Year 9 Resistant Materials Pictures

 

 

Year 10 Resistant Materials Pictures

 

 

Year 11 Resistant Materials Pictures

 

 

Key Stage 4 – Year 9, 10 & 11
 
During the core timetable, all students have three one hour periods of D & T. The Year 10 and Year 11 courses are designed to progress naturally out of work done by students at Key Stage 3. The department follows the AQA suite of specifications, together with an Engineering single award.  Students have the option of specialising in:
 
      Food Technology
      Graphic Products
      Resistant Materials
      Textiles
      Engineering - now in the option block timetable
    Product Design – now in the option block timetable
 
You can see many photos of the work we undertake at Key Stage 4 Design and Technology at Oakbank School.

Textiles Pictures 

Key Stage 5 – Year 12 & 13

 

Yr 12 AS Design & Technology: Product Design 

 

A large number of students opt for AS Level D & T as a result of the excellent GCSE results.  Students have five one hour lessons per week of AS Level D& T.  Throughout the first year, students have many learning opportunities, including sketching skills, research tasks, presentations and modelling projects.  Students are examined during a detailed Product Study and a six hour exam.

 

 

Yr 13 A2 Design & Technology: Product New Specification

This course is also very popular and the students have five one hour lessons per week of A2 Level Design & Technology: Product Design.  Design & Technology at Oakbank School has a very high success rate and many students progress onto Design related courses at further and higher education.

 

You can see many photos of the work we undertake at Key Stage 5 Design and Technology: Product Design at Oakbank School.

 

 

Post 16 Pictures 

 

 

 

Technology Survey

Technology Survey

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