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Design Technology

Welcome to Design and Technology at The Marlborough School:

Where mutual support meets mutual challenge.

Where risk taking is wanted, necessary and nurtured. Where to be curious is cool and anything is possible.

This works on the principle of systemically personifying the culture of continual, aligned small improvements leading to a greater sum of all improvements. We are an agile department where students and staff collaborate to work towards the best outcomes for each individual child.


Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8, 9)

In KS3 we offer a broad range of experiences across all material areas: food; textiles; graphics and resistant materials.

Students follow through the design process from design brief to evaluation of their manufactured product. In all courses the students learn through practical work as much as possible.

We aim to marry traditional craft skills and the latest technologies to give the students the best possible experience at KS3 and to enable them to make informed options at KS4.

In Year 7 and 8 your child will have one teacher for the year as we think this is more important rather than rotating teachers for projects. Therefore they will either do Food/Textiles in Year 7 and Resistant Materials (woods, metals, plastics) in Year 8 of visa-versa.

Projects your child will undertake include:

FOOD/TEXTILES: Healthy Eating; Textiles Notebook; Nutrition Health and Safety; Textiles Pencil Case.

For interactive tutorials, recipes and background information for Food Technology visit  www.licencetocook.co.uk (logins available from your teacher)

RESISTANT MATERIALS/GRAPHICS: Bookmark; Plastic Jewellery; Pop-Up Card; Metal Nutcracker, Wooden Cam Toy;,

In Year 9 they will rotate at Christmas to give them the best experience from which to make their options.

Projects include:

Point of Sale Display; Mixed Materials Candle Holder; Textiles Surface Pattern; Wooden Pencil Box; Where is our Food from?


Key Stage 4 (Years 10, 11)

These are the current technology courses offered at GCSE:

  • Summer 2017 Exam: Hospitality and Catering GCSE
    Specification: WJEC Home Economics: Hospitality and Catering Single Award
  • Summer 2017: Food and Nutrition WJEC
    Specification: WJEC Home Economics: Food and Nutrition GCSE
  • September 2016 onwards (First Exam 2018): Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE
    Specification: WJEC Educas, Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE
  • D&T: Graphic Products (Single Award GCSE)
    Specification: AQA Level 1 / Level 2 GCSE in Design and Technology: Graphic Products (3543)
  • D&T: Resistant Materials (Single Award GCSE)
    Specification: WJEC Level 1 / Level 2 GCSE in Design and Technology: Resistant Materials (4110 01 English)
  • D&T: Textiles Design (Single Award GCSE)
    Specification: AQA Level 1 / Level 2 GCSE in Art and Design – Textile Design (4200)

Full details in KS4 brochure


Key Stage 5 (Sixth Form)

  • Food Technology (GCE AS leading to A2) Examination board: Edexcel
  • Product Design (GCE AS leading to A2) Examination board: Edexcel

We have an excellent track record of getting students into well regarded engineering degrees and the top higher level apprenticeships.

Full details in Sixth Form Brochure


Departmental Team

Mr M Reece (Head Of Department)
Mrs R Katz (Deputy Head of Department)
Ms J Brown (Food Technology and Textiles)
Ms K Croft (Resistant Materials and Graphic Design)
Mr A Buckmaster (Resistant Materials and Graphic Design)

DT Technicians

Mr N Cooper
Miss E Davies