The Design and Technology department consists of three full-time teachers and two part-time teachers who are supported by two learning support assistants.
Years 7 to 9 students follow the National Curriculum for Key Stage 3. The lessons are wide ranging and include topics from all facets of the subject.
The department is well equipped to provide the courses and has subject specific rooms and a wide range of specialist equipment.
GCSE & A-level students are chosen to mentor students lower down the school. They give help and advice on cooursework and support STEM activities.
Lower school students are involved in a range of activities that cut across the STEM subjects. This year they have looked at activities such as: the parachute egg drop, renewable energy challenge and more recently the Lincolnshire Show Great Gardening Challenge, where we gained second place.
Product Design Club
Lower school students enhance graphic design skills in a range of different mediums.
As part of the research task, year 11 students visit 'Wellies Children's Nursery' to find out what type of toys are popular in a nursery environment.
Lower sixth students visit a retailer in order to enhance their AS coursework. They visit the establishment (The Bridal Emporium, Horncastle) to view the premises as part of their research. They then visit again to show the retailer their initial design ideas/development work and finally to show them the final products they have made. The retailer (Karen Barker) has been extremely helpful in offering advice and ideas throughout the development of the product.
Upper sixth students visit a manufacturer in order to enhance their coursework. They visit the establishment (Dianes Fashion and Furnishings in Louth) to view the premises as part of their research. They then visit again to show the retailer their initial design ideas/development work and finally to show them in the final products they have made. The retailer (Diane Hodgson) has been extremely helpful in offering advice and ideas throughout the development of the product.
In order for the students to understand the principle of rotary screen printing and digital printing we visit 'Countryside Art' in Spilsby.
We have also tried the skill of silk screen printing at 'Alison Bell's Workshop' in High Toynton, near Horncastle.
National Curriculum for KS3 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-secondary-curriculum