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South West Secondary
School of the Year 2019

30 Shiphay Lane, Torquay TQ2 7DY
E:   T: 01803 613215
Y7-11 Absence Line: 01803 653 750

South West Secondary School of the Year 2019

Design and Technology - further details

Key Stage 3


All students study technology subjects on a ten to twelve week rotation.

Food Technology

Students at KS3 follow a programme which gives a broad base of practical skills and knowledge of healthy eating, hygiene and safety and wise shopping.

Some of the dishes that the students create include; fruit salad, quesadillas and apple cakes in Year 7, omelette, stir-fry, bread and Victoria sandwich in Year 8 and pasta, potatoes and pastry in Year 9.

Textiles Technology

In Years 7 and 8 Students complete a 10 or 12 week 'design & make' assignment, gradually building knowledge, understanding and practical skills side by side.

In year 7 students learn about how fabrics are made and design and make decorative cushions.

In year 8 students have the choice of a range of products voted on by each class. Popular outcomes are reusable shopping bags, pencil cases and draw string bags. They learn about sustainability in a global marketplace and work with organic and recycled fabrics.

The Year 9 'design & make' assignment moves toward a more artistic way of working to prepare students for making their GCSE choices. The end product is a wall hanging based on the work of an artist or artists of their choice. A wide range of textiles techniques are explored to encourage original and creative outcomes.


Key Stage 4

Food Preparation & Nutrition GCSE 

Food Preparation & Nutrition has replaced Food Technology GCSE, and this new subject focuses more on high quality practical skills and the importance of eating a healthy, balanced diet.  Students follow the AQA specification and have access to on-line resources. There are a practical examination and a science investigation with this new specification, both of which are non-examination assessments (NEAs), marked in school and externally moderated. Together they make up 50% of the overall marks.  A final examination taken in the summer of year 11 contributes the remaining 50%.  

Art & Design: Textiles GCSE

Textiles is offered through Art & Design at KS4 using the AQA syllabus: this comprises of Non exam assessment (60%) and an Externally Set Task (40%).

Non-exam assessment is set internally and comprises of a mix of short and skills based projects, lead by the teacher and a longer sustained project allowing more ‘open-ended’ resolutions from students in a range of media, process and approach dependent upon their interests and aptitudes.



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