Design and Technology
Head of Department: Pardeep Singh
Deputy Head of Department: Wendy Sargeant
Members of Department:
Technicians: Adrian Fielder, Rosa Schack
The Design and Technology department at Morpeth is a multi-disciplinary department. At present there are five full-time specialist teachers and as well as one full-time and one part-time technician. The department is very well resourced having its own fully networked ICT suite, subject specialist rooms and a range of specialist equipment including a laser cutter.
KS3 Curriculum and Enrichment Opportunities (Years 7 and 8)
At KS3, pupils study Food, Graphics, Textiles and Resistant Materials. They spend nine weeks in each of these four areas where they learn about a range of different materials, tools and processes. This is taught through a ‘design and make’ project, making Design and Technology lessons a highly enjoyable experience.
Pupils also learn about CAD/CAM through specialist programmes and will have opportunities to take part in ‘design and make’ challenges and competitions.
KS4 Curriculum and Opportunities (Years 9, 10 and 11)
We currently offer GCSEs in Food Technology, Resistant Materials, Graphic Products and Textiles. Morpeth has a curriculum model which means that all our GCSE courses are one year in length with the equivalent of a day a week for each option subject. Pupils studying a DT GCSE have opportunities to visit universities and design-related exhibitions which enhance their learning and understanding of the subject. We also offer a non-examined DT course for year 9 pupils to prepare them for a GCSE course in the following year.
We use WJEC as our examination board for all GCSE courses. Pupils studying a GCSE in any of the above subject areas will complete the following two units:
Unit 1: Exam (40%)
Unit 2: Design and Make (60%)
Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13)
Morpeth is part of a sixth-form consortium with two other local outstanding schools with our first A Level group (Product Design-3D) starting in September 2013. The A2 course will prepare students for higher study in numerous design-related degree courses. A Level students are also provided with opportunities to engage with employers in order to gain real life experience. In September 2014, we also introduced Textiles Design at AS level.
Other important things to know
There will be after school clubs open to all years. Our Cookery Club has been a real success with record numbers of pupils attending. Design-related clubs also run during lunch-time and after school - the focus of these clubs will change from term to term.