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“Throughout my 3 years at Bishop Stopford School, Design & Technology has always been close to my heart. Not only is it a personal favourite of mine but its staff and surroundings make it definitely an outstanding Faculty.” – Year 9 student.

The Design Technology department is proud of the continuing outstanding results achieved by our students across the whole range of material areas. As part of our programme of study all students will undertake a series of Focused Practical Activities, Design and Make assignments and theory based exercises to develop knowledge and understanding within each of the material areas. These activities are designed to develop skills in designing and making using a variety of contexts within the various material areas. Our overriding aim is to develop confident individuals who are independent learners with an enjoyment for the subject.

Within Design Technology there is no such thing as a typical lesson. Students could be engaged in any number of varied activities dependent on the topic being covered - this could be theoretical work, creative designing, practical activity, investigation, analysis or any combination of these plus other activities. As such this is a very active and enjoyable subject for all, students and teachers.

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 students follow a carousel system which provides the basis for developing knowledge and understanding of Design Technology, whilst allowing experience of all of the material areas. At this level all students will experience work within Food Preparation and Nutrition, Textiles and Product Design.

Key Stage 4

All our Key Stage 4 courses follow a similar pattern which builds on and develops the skills taught throughout Key Stage 3 and leads towards the completion of the non-examined assessment task(s).

At Key Stage 4 all students choose a dedicated Design Technology GCSE course to follow from:

  • Food Preparation and Nutrition
  • Textiles Technology
  • Product Design


  • Rotary Young Designer (Year 11).
  • Rotary Technology Tournament (Years 8 and 10)

Department Members

  • Mr J Sidgwick – Head of Department
  • Mrs B Miles - Head of Food Preparation and Nutrition - KS3&4
  • Miss Rebecca Harrington - Teacher of DT KS3&4 and Textiles Specialist
  • Mrs J Reed – Teacher of KS3 Food Technology
  • Mrs T Ashton – Technician
  • Mr G Coxon – Technician
  • Mrs H Baker – Curriculum Assistant