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GCSE results 2019: 32% of grades achieved were the top 9-7 grades!OUTSTANDING: Personal development, behaviour and welfare (Ofsted, 2017)“Governors and staff promote positive relationships combined with high aspirations for themselves and pupils” (Ofsted, 2017)"The behaviour of pupils is outstanding" (Ofsted, 2017)GCSE results 2019: English, 87% / Maths 80% achieved a grade of 9-4OUTSTANDING: Effectiveness of leadership and management (Ofsted, 2017)..the school's culture of respect for all and positive relationships, summarised succinctly in "do your best and be nice" (Ofsted, 2017)GCSE results 2019: The proportion of students who achieved both English and Maths at grade 9-4 is a truly impressive 77%!GCSE results 2019: 80% of students achieved grades 9-4 in 18 subjectsOpen Morning bookings now being taken. Call our Reception team Tel 01444 457881 to reserve your place

KEy Stage 3

Students work on a carousel system where year groups rotate between the different subjects studying food, textiles, product design, computer graphics and CAD CAM. Workshops and food rooms are well resourced including a computer room, three laser cutters and a dye sublimation printer which enables students to work with a wide range of ingredients, materials and components.

The iPad is used extensively throughout the KS3 course to support individual research, project diaries and posters. The iPad supports homework and Tech Guru an innovative iPad based extension research activity and out-of-lessons learning initiative.


Mini Light – learn about sustainable design, electric circuits and use computer graphics and sublimation printing to manufacture a mini light torch using principles based on the 6Rs. (Reduce, reuse, recycle, rethink, refuse, and repair.)

Food skills – Work with a range of ingredients to make savoury and sweet products. The focus is on understanding food groups, good hygiene and safety. The food skills unit leads to the 1 Star Chef award sponsored by Sainsbury’s & DATA – (click here for more information.)

Structures – Investigate famous structures. Design and test a bridge to destruction.

Textiles – Use computer graphics and CAD CAM to make a stencil, decorate a draw string bag using stencilling, applique and embroidery skills.

Transport Project - An introduction to wood working skill to design and make a wooden toy on the theme of transport.


Electronics – manufacture a printed circuit board and use vacuum forming to make a colour changing night light. CAD CAM and the laser cutter are used to manufacture the night light element.

Food – Pizza project and British foods focus on good nutrition and a healthy balanced diet. (Leading to the 2 Star Chef award sponsored by Sainsbury’s & DATA – (click here for more information.) The Year 8 food project includes a termly, cake competition that students can enter and win points for their house.

Jewellery – Design, manufacture and package a piece of jewellery of key fob using pewter casting. The design theme is nature, natural forms and biomimicry.


Cakes – Use different cake making techniques including creaming, whisking, melting to produce a range of cakes. Use ICT to compare cost and nutritional content of these cakes.

Charity Boxes – Design and make a charity collection box as part of our “Kindness in Schools” initiative.

Phone Sock – Build on your textiles skills to design and make your own personalised phone sock.

Desk top products – use modelling, CAD CAM and the laser cutter to form a 3D desk organiser from sheet acrylic

Tea light – use recycled timber to design and make a tea light holder.

World Foods – students plan, produce and evaluate a range of international main course dishes leading to the 3 Star Chef award sponsored by Sainsbury’s & DATA – (click here for more information.)

Key Stage 4

The department offers five GCSEs, Child Development, Electronics, Food Technology and Product Design (Materials) or Product Design (Graphics). Classes are taught as mixed ability in specialist food rooms and workshops.



This qualification focuses on the development of a child from conception to the age of five, developing knowledge and understanding in all aspects of child development.


  • Family units from the past, current and in the future;
  • Contraception and conception, preconception, pregnancy, birth and parenthood;
  • The new baby;
  • Physical, intellectual, social and emotional development from a single cell to 6 years of age;
  • The needs of young children including nutrition and health; response to infection and maintaining a safe environment.
  • The wider community, health professionals & services that work for and with families
  1. Written 2 hour exam paper (40%)
  2. Child Case study (30%)



This GCSE provides an insight into how modern day electronic systems work. You will work with a range of circuits including timers, logic, latches, counting and sequencing. You will also learn about audio circuits, radio circuits and programmed systems. The course empowers students by enabling them to take responsibility for their own learning culminating in an individual project where students design, construct, evaluate and write a report on an electronic circuit/system of their choice. There are good cross-curricular links with computing, physics and mathematics.


In year 10 you will learn about the science of electronic components and how they are used in different electronic systems. You will use prototype board to build and test a range of circuits. You will fault find and make improvements to circuits. By the end of Year 10 you will be able to design your own circuits and you will choose a system to develop in year 11 for your individual coursework project.


  1. Examination (one 2 hour written paper which is worth 75% of the total marks)
  2. Coursework – controlled assessment. Candidates design, plan, build, test and report on an electronic system to solve a specific problem which will be submitted as an individual report.(worth 25% of the overall marks) 




Learning how to prepare, cook and serve nutritional balanced food is a life skill. Within this GCSE you will build upon the skills learnt at Key Stage 3 and take it to a more advance level. You will develop practical skills further and learn about the importance of good diet and health. Student will study the science behind what is involved when food is cooked and how storage and food preparation methods can affect finished results


The course includes:

  • Nutrition, diet and health throughout life
  • Nutritional, physical, chemical and sensory properties of food storage, preparation and cooking
  • Techniques and skills in preparation and cooking
  • Factors affecting consumer choice – e.g. environmental impacts, seasonal foods
  • Food hygiene and safety


  1. Examination (one 2 hour written paper which is worth 40% of the total marks)
  2. Coursework – controlled assessment on a food case study based on a theme set by the exam board worth 60% of the final GCSE mark.

AQA GCSE Product Design - 4555

The course is designed to reward innovation, imagination and flair. It reflects the contemporary use of ICT, Computer Aided Design and Manufacture.

Students can choose a materials option working with a variety of materials including timber, metals and plastics or a graphics option working with card, paper, board and plastics.

In year 10 students complete a series of short design tasks. These tasks are designed to prepare students for the coursework task which starts in February of year 10. The coursework is an extended design task where students get the opportunity to create, develop and test a product that they have designed in response to a set brief.


  1. Examination (one 2 hour written paper which is worth 40% of the total marks)
  2. Coursework which will be submitted as a design portfolio.(One design and make project worth 60% of the overall marks).