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Design & Technology

Departmental philosophy sees Technology as constantly impacting on our lives by evolving and transforming the way we live through innovative ideas. Led by experienced and multi-skilled teachers, students are guided through diverse and challenging situations so that designs evolve to become precise, accurately made artefacts using resistant and compliant materials. CAD and CAM are widely available in specialist rooms where students often work alongside professionals, using all the resources of London to design and make their own products. Many progress on to top universities to complete Engineering degrees. Extra curricular clubs offer a range of opportunities from making home furnishings or cutting edge fashion, using recycled materials, to designing and making an International cookery book with our overseas partners. Students recently won national prizes for their  Go4SET project, while year 12 engineers work with companies like Network Rail and ARUP to solve 'real life' problems.

Design &  Technology is a large department set across the two sites of Fortismere. Food and Textiles are taught in the specialised rooms in South Wing and Resistant Materials and Graphic Products are taught in the six specialist rooms in the North Wing block. Over the last five years the whole suite of Technology has been upgraded, we also have a small computer room and two portable laptop classroom included in our rooming. 

Things We Do

Projects in Technology range from noughts and crosses skills base learning in Yr 7 to Fragrance Branding and Fashion Design in Yr 11.

The breadth and scope of Design Products on our A level course is vast, students in our sixth form have designed many things including innovative shower systems in Yr 13 - which won a special mention at the Audi Designer of the year competition - through to Healthy Eating campaigns for young children. We have had Arkwright students in our sixth form who were sponsored by companies through their A levels and then onto to University. We are also registered with the CIEH and enter students for different Food qualifications.

The Engineering Education scheme is run very successfully in the department each year we have two teams of four Yr12 students they work on a real engineering project with either Arup or Railtrack. The scheme introduces students to real situations with a company, a residential University workshop and presenting their findings and their projects to their linked companies. Each year the team members also successfully gain a Gold Crest award. We are running a new programme at present called Go4Set which is for year 9 students and they are looking at environmental issues, the present one is conservation of water.

We have a high rate of students going on to further education in Design and Technology related subjects again ranging from Graphic Designers through to Mechanical Engineers.

KS3

Students are offered a range of four Technology subjects to the end of KS3. They are:

  • Food Technology
  • Textiles Technology
  • Resistant Materials
  • Graphic Products

Students experience all materials working individually or in teams to design and making items such as: Jitterbugs, using recycled materials to become bedroom items. Putting five a day into action by designing and making meals, jewellery items and containers.

For more detailed information about the curriculum at Key Stage 3 in this subject click here. 

KS4

Students select which material to work with - Food, Graphics, Resistant Materials or Textiles…all follow AQA examination syllabus. They learn practical skills to make a wide variety of high quality items, considering industrial techniques and manufacturing systems.

At key stage 4 students are able to select a Technology subject. We offer the same range of materials at GCSE, all are taught through the AQA board and have common elements in the fact that the 60% (will reduce to 40% in 2009) of the final GCSE grade is determined through coursework where the students are set a number of design briefs to choose from and then asked to design and produce a solution to the problem chosen.

Post 16

At A level we offer Product Design by OCR. This course challenges students to work as designers coming up with modifications to existing products and innovative exciting new artefacts that meet the needs of an ever changing society.

In the Sixth Form we have 2 AS groups and 2 A level Product Design groups we ask that students have a minimum of 5 GCSEs and have at least a grade C in a Design and Technology subject. The exam board that we currently use for post 16 is OCR. An outline of the course content is shown below.

AS Level consists of:

  1.  a product study and then improving an aspect of the product (similar to previous coursework projects but more in depth).
  2.  a written paper - students have to specialise in two materials areas (Graphics, Wood, Metal, Plastics, Textiles) and have an understanding of the wider meaning of 'design' in society and history.

A2 Level consists of:

  1. a major project based on a problem which the student has identified. It can be realised in any of the materials areas (Units 4 and 5).
  2. a written paper which is at a higher level and an extension of the AS Level.

Extra Curricular

We offer the national programme of 'Lets get Cooking' to year 7 students. In year nine students are encouraged to take part in Go4SET and in Year 12 EES is offered- here students are able to work with design companies and stretch their intellectual self by attending a University residential. 

We run the KS3 STEM Club alongside the Science and Maths departments with offers exciting activities such as building a bridge and testing it to destruction, designing rockets in a Rockets and Projectiles project, and setting up a Grand Prix car.

As designers students are encourage to use the resources of London- visiting as many galleries and design shows as possible, as well as admiring the wonderful architecture.

Contact the Design & Technology Department

Liggett, Mr D Head of DT

dliggett@fortismere.org.uk

Allaway, Ms K Assistant Head & DT Teacher kallaway@fortismere.org.uk
Bagherzadeh, Mr M DT Teacher mbagherzadeh@fortismere.org.uk

Bhambra, Ms V

DT Teacher

vbhambra@fortismere.org.uk

Bower, Mr B

DT Teacher

bbower@fortismere.org.uk

Kathirgamanathan, Mr N

DT Technician

nkathirgamanathan@fortismere.org.uk

Tailor, Ms P

DT Technician

ptailor@fortismere.org.uk

'Design unlocks innovation and turns ideas into reality'
- John Sorrell

Please view our Gallery below to see things we are proud of and also some of our current projects. Technology pictures