|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:
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Design and Technology Results 2014
Design and Technology achieved 57% A* - C across the range of specialisms. - GCSE
AS Product Design achieved 88% A -E, with 57% achieving A- C
A2 Product Design achieved 100% A* - E, with 31% achieving A*, A or B
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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:
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.
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.
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