- Fashion & Textiles
Food, Hospitality & Catering
Your Child’s Journey in Creative Design & Technology
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Every student in Key Stage 3 studies Creative Design and Technology for two hours per week. In Year 7 students have the opportunity to experience five different subject areas. They will rotate throughout the year into each subject area:
Fashion & Textiles
Fashion and textiles enables the students to be creative and imaginative, using a range of fabrics and components. Students will also experience what it is like to be a designer in industry by using state of the art facilities to create their initial concept into a final product.
This subject focuses on the demand for products created in wood, metal or plastic. The use of new technologies such as laser cutting, routing and milling through CAD/CAM software will be delivered.
This subject focuses on the demand for graphic products and be able to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of graphic and modelling materials. They will design and make products using graphic media and new technologies.
Food, Hospitality & Catering
Students will make food products that reflect global requirements such as healthy eating and dietary needs. Students will also gain an insight into how the Hospitality and Catering industry works.
Product Design encourages students to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials such as paper and card, plastics, textiles, ceramics, food, electronics, timber based materials, and ferrous and non-ferrous metals.
In Year 9 students select Creative Design and Technology as part of the option process. Students have the opportunity to select the following qualifications:
AQA GCSE Textile Technology
Textiles Technology enables students to develop a working knowledge of a wide range of textiles materials and components appropriate to modelling, prototyping and manufacturing. Students will learn about design and market influences, processes and manufacture, environmental issues and the use of ICT in relation to the manufacturing of material products.
AQA GCSE Product Design
Product Design encourages students to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials such as paper and card, plastics, textiles, ceramics, food, electronics, timber based materials, and ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Students will also develop a variety of techniques for working with these materials.
AQA GCSE Resistant Materials
Resistant Materials Technology is the design and making of products using a range of materials such as wood, metals and plastics and will be encouraged to incorporate new technologies in the production of their products.
WJEC GCSE Hospitality & Catering (Dual Award)
GCSE Hospitality and Catering offers a unique opportunity for students to develop their knowledge and extend their skills within hospitality and catering in a vocational context. It is a suitable qualification for those who want a broad background in this area and for those who wish to progress to further education. It will offer valuable preparation for those entering the world of work.
Courses offered are:
- AQA Product Design (Textiles) or (3D)
- EdExcel BTEC L3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Fashion and Clothing)
Mrs L. Smith
Subject Lead Technology (Fashion & Textiles, Product Design)
I had one of those inspirational teachers who could see I had a talent in Art. When I was choosing my options to study, I really wanted to focus on Fashion and was given the opportunity to do this. This was the first time I had ever used a sewing machine! I can still remember the 3D flowers escaping from a hat I had made and a bright red jacket that I had painstakingly put together and then embellished to within an inch of its life. I had finally found my vocation. I went on to study at Blackburn College of Art and Design where I chose fashion and textiles. I then chose to study Fashion at De Montfort University in Leicester. This course really opened my eyes to the fashion industry. I was able to learn about footwear, contour, eveningwear and costume. I eventually graduate with a BA (Hons) 1st class. After working in the fashion industry for several years, I realised that there was a gap and a need for young, talented and skilled designers. I decided to go and complete a PGCE in secondary education at Edge Hill University. I was so excited to be able to teach fashion and textiles as a new subject at Moorhead High School. I have been teaching now for 14 years and still have that same passion for the subject that I did when I was 14. To see students create their own fashion garments, then go on to study the subject at university is what first encouraged me to become a teacher. I have taught a range of subjects whilst at Accrington Academy – from GCSE Expressive Arts to GAT year 9 students to BTEC Fashion and Clothing at Post 16. When I am not scouring the pages of Vogue, I do like to watch sci-fi (so happy The X Files has returned!) or the latest Real Housewives series.
Mr D. Burrows
Technology Lead Practitioner | Teacher of Technology (Resistant Materials & Product Design)
From the age of fourteen whilst sitting in a design and technology class at St.Augustines RC High school in Whalley I made a considered decision to become a mechanical engineer. This passion led me to complete an engineering apprenticeship at the age of 17 till 21 working in an engineering company in Accrington called TML Plastics whilst also attending training 2000 in Blackburn. Every Friday I was given the day off work to attend Manchester University to complete a BSC (hons) in Engineering (I was awarded grade 2:1). Following completion of my engineering apprenticeship I became a project engineer manufacturing an array of automotive components for companies such as Ford, Nissan and Landrover. In 2005 following 10 years in engineering I suddenly had a change of mind over my chosen career path. Whilst still highly passionate to continue in the field of engineering I also wanted to embark on a career in education took a year off work to complete a PGCE to facilitate me teaching the subject Design and Technology at high school and post 16. I have enjoyed a 12 year teaching career across three different schools teaching subjects such as Resistant Materials, Electronics, Engineering and Food Technology. I am a massive Star Wars fan and have filled my home with figurines, artwork and sculptures related to this theme. I also am an amateur magician and die hard Liverpool FC fan. I have one daughter who attends 6th Form at Accrington Academy; our favourite thing to do together is Saturday dinner time trips to Nandos Restaurant in Preston.
Miss K. Cavanagh
Teacher of Technology (Food & Textiles, Product Design)
- GCSE Textiles Technology = 100% achieved A* – G at GCSE 100%
- GCSE Resistant Materials = 100% achieved A* – G at GCSE 100%
- GCSE Hospitality & Catering = 100% achieved A* – G at GCSE 100%
Design and Technology is unique, challenging both hands and minds. It embeds…research, independence, technology, communications, leadership, teamwork and problem solving. …..Design Technology is not today’s woodwork. It breeds new products and new business. It is academic and practical.
Sir James Dyson