Technology & Design

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Through studying Technology and Design, students have opportunities to understand the potential impact of technology and why it is critical to the world around us.

Technology is not naturally good or bad. Instead, its effects are complex, hard to estimate accurately, and likely to have different values for different people at different times.

Technology and Design is concerned primarily with the design and manufacture of high quality technological products. Every design is influenced by outside factors such as consumer demand, the state of the market, customer expectations and consumer laws.

Studying Technology and Design provides opportunities to tackle and resolve design and technological problems to meet human needs. Essentially, finding better ways to do things, inventing solutions and taking risks.




Mr J Palmer (Head of Department):

Mr M Boyd:
Miss S McCracken:
Mrs R Hutchinson:


Departmental Ethos

This is closely linked to pupil development and so we strive for the following:

  1. Good staff-relations within the department.
  2. Good staff/pupil relations.
  3. Careful attention to the well being of the pupils
  4. The creation of perceived worth in the subject
  5. Where possible, to make use of skills and knowledge gained in Technology & Design in school clubs and societies
  6. Success in examination results at KS4 and above
  7. To create a high regard for the Department in the local community
  8. Parental interest in their children’s work.


Key Stage 3

Throughout Key Stage 3, pupils are taught in mixed ability classes. In forms 1, 2 & 3, all pupils study Technology and Design. Each year pupils are taught foundation concepts in Resistant Materials, Electronics, CAD / CAD as well as gaining a practical working knowledge in a manufacturing environment.

Manufacturing Resistant Materials Electronics



Pupils follow a two-year course leading to the sitting of GCSE (CCEA) Technology and Design.

We following the Systems and Control: Electronics Option.

Controlled Assessment is worth 50% of the overall GCSE grade in Technology & Design



Pupils follow a one-year course in lower sixth leading to the sitting of GCE AS (CCEA) Technology and Design and then proceed to GCE A2 (CCEA) Technology and Design in Upper Sixth.


Extra Curricular

The enrichment to the student experience is provided by an extensive extra curricular offering. Students attend various STEM based competitions throughout the year.  Two of the most anticipated are LEGO League and UKRoc Rocketry Challenge.  Please visit both of these blogs for more information.

The 2017 Lego League Team Rainey Rocketry


Facilities & Resources

The Department comprises of a Systems room, Planning room and two Manufacturing rooms. Contained within these are 20 PCs and 6 Apple Macs along with numerous pieces of manufacturing equipment. Newly acquired and a huge benefit to Teaching and Learning is a Makerbot 3D printer.