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Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject.


Using creativity and imagination, students design and make products.


Students acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and disciplines.

Why study Design and Technology?

Using creativity and imagination, students design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as Mathematics, Science, Engineering, Computing and Art. Students learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education make an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

Key stage 3

Design and Technology provides a constructive channel for a child’s creative needs and it directly provides a framework for learning and formulating ideas. Our newly developed curriculum encourages students to consider design problems and develop their own learning in a wide variety of different contexts in lots of different ways. Every project is 50% practical work and staff in the department thrive to facilitate and support our students to think, act and speak like a designer.


Year 7:

  • Endangered Animals – Pop Ups Project.
  • Educational Board Games
  • E-Textiles


Year 8 and 9:

Year 8 and 9 follow the Creative Curriculum programme which allows a multi-discipline carousel of Design and Technology subjects including Food and Nutrition, Creative Media and Design and Technology alongside Philosophy and Ethics, and Outdoor Learning to give a unique offering to our older KS3 students.  For more information, please click the link: https://www.whitehavenacademy.org.uk/parents-info/creative-curriculum/


What can students do to develop their skills in this subject area?

Students can practice DT skills at home creating new inventions.

Use a range of different pieces of equipment at home with adults in the garden or DIY.

Watch TV programmes such as The Great British Sewing Bee, DIY SOS, Homes under the Hammer, Abstract: the art of design, to name a few suitable programmes.



Students are able to apply the skills they have learned at Key Stage 3 and choose to follow as study path in Engineering or in Creative Media at GCSE.