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Hadleigh High School

Design Technology

Staff Members

Reena Dookhee,  Ben Magrath, Henry Potter, Zoe Cox and Tanya Park

Key Stage 3

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. 


Key skills are worked into the schemes of work across the academic year.


Year 7

Projects include: spatulas, name badges, laminated and memory key fobs, door hangers and dog tags.


Some of the skills that are taught are: researching, sketching for a brief, development of annotations, understanding polymers, shaping materials using the correct tools and understanding basic properties of materials and how they are developed. Using colour theory to design and explore how each element works with computer aided design.


Year 8

Projects include: mobile phone holders, pop up cards, cam toys, pewter casting, structures and photo frame projects.


We look at linkages, forces, cams and movements, exploration of various designers, using CAD CAM and die cutting techniques. We introduce students to finishing and joining  techniques whilst allowing students to model their designs.  


Year 9 

Projects include: biomimicry through clocks, development of joining woods via comb joints and properties of materials.  We also use sustainable sources and the 6rs to create a trophy, desk tidy and an alternative powered car. 

Key Stage 4



Assessment at Key Stage 4


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Possible areas of future Studies

 There is a range of vocational qualifications (such as BTECs, NVQ/SVQs, and diplomas) linked to an interest in design technology, such as:


  • graphic design
  • fashion styling
  • art and design
  • media
  • engineering
  • photography
  • construction and building services
  • motor vehicle – technology and repair


Possible future careers

Graphic designer, engineer, furniture maker and designer, junior product designer, service technician