Design Technology Department
Catering and Hospitality
Health and Social Care
Head of Food and Product Design – Miss Grady
Head of Health and Social care and Child Development – Mrs Hargreaves
Head of Art & Textiles – Miss Rapple
Teacher of Product Design – Miss Thorpe
Product Design Tutor & Technician – Mr Tysoe
Design and Technology at Ridgeway High School is an opportunity for pupils to be creative problem solvers. They develop their ability to respond to situations and overcome barriers with innovative solutions. Students look for needs, wants and opportunities and respond to them by developing a range of design ideas and by making and evaluating products. Students combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetics, social issues, environmental issues, function and industrial practices.
We offer a broad, balanced curriculum, which allows students to achieve their maximum potential offering both BTEC and GCSE opportunities. As a faculty, we deliver high standards of academic achievement through designing, making and evaluating results. We work together as an enthusiastic team and promote an environment where all students develop personal responsibility and self-motivation.
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3 pupils will experience a taster of what to expect in each area of Design Technology. The curriculum is covered through Food, Product Design, Textiles and Graphics modules which pupils rotate around in Year 7 and 8. Pupils study each area for approximately 8 weeks and then rotate in order to allow them to experience the full range of material areas. Pupils will learn a breadth of knowledge ranging from the evaluation and analysis of existing products to developments of new technology and the use of smart and modern materials. Pupils will also develop a range of practical skills with the main focus of each 8 week cycle being the manufacture of a product.
During Key Stage 3 homework is set every week and is contained within your child’s work booklet. Homework ranges from written and learning tasks to revision for end of unit tests.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 the faculty offers a wide range of successful courses including Product Design, Catering and Hospitality, Textiles, Materials Technology Technical Award and Health and Social Care. All of the subjects have an element of coursework, allowing pupils to develop a series of skills from portfolio design and practical manufacture to essential life skills and child care.
Courses are broken down into two lessons per week where pupils learn to develop knowledge, skills and understanding through project work relating to the unit of work being completed. The courses also develop pupils’ literacy and mathematical skills, language and communication.