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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 Technology
  • Textiles
  • 3D design
  • Engineering

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.

Year 7 and 8

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).

Projects include:

Food/Textiles

•    Healthy Eating;
•    Textiles Banner;
•    Nutrition Health and Safety;
•    Textiles Pencil Case.

Engineering/3D Design

•    Bookmark; Plastic Jewellery;
•    Pop-Up Card;
•    Metal Nutcracker,
•    Wooden Cam Toy.

Year 9

The students 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:

  • Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE (Single Award GCSE)
    Specification: WJEC Eduqcas, Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE
  • Engineering Level 1/2
    Specification: WJEC Level 1/2 Vocational Award in Engineering
  • 3D Design GCSE (Single Award GCSE)
    Specification: WJEC Eduqcas, Art and Design (Three Dimensional Design)
  • 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)

  • Product Design ‘A’ Level, Examination board: Eduqas

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 K Croft (Resistant Materials and Graphic Design)
Mr A Buckmaster (Resistant Materials and Graphic Design)

DT Technicians

Mrs C Carry
Ms B Seymour