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Design & Technology, Construction

Who are we?

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​Head of Department – Mr M Nicholson

Teachers – Miss L Matley, Mrs A Medcalf, Mr F Schofield, Mrs Smith

Senior Technician, Technology – Mr C Jarratt

Technician, Technology – Mr P Fisher

Curriculum Intent

In D&T – NHTS students design and make high-quality prototypes, across a wide range of material areas.

Our curriculum is built upon the skills and knowledge found in the creative, technical, and practical expertise required to manufacture a range of innovative products – that ultimately meet the user’s needs.

We therefore believe that ALL of our students should be encouraged to critique, evaluate and test their prototypes – in order to successfully understand and contribute to a sustainable and technological world.

What do we do?

At Key Stage 3, students in years 7 to 9 rotate through a range of modules that cover the national curriculum for Design and Technology.  This involves students in designing, making and using a range of materials and components.  They are taught to develop knowledge, skills and understanding of materials, processes and principles. These are applied to the designing and making of products and systems, problem solving and to the evaluation of the products and processes of their own and other people’s work.  The final term in Year 9 allows students begin their KS4 course, as learners are assigned to their option groups.

At Key Stage 4, dependent upon the option choice selected:


  • Design & Technology follows AQA GCSE specification
  • Hospitality & Catering follows WJEC vocational specification
  • Engineering follows Edexl Btec. Specification
  • Health & Social Care follows Edexl Btec. Specification


Constructing the Built Environment

Level 1/ Level 2 Vocational Award: Constructing the Built Environment

Exam Board: WJEC Eduqas

This qualification is worth one GCSE and comprises of three units, with two being an external online exam, and one unit being an internal extended assignment.  Unit 1 (Safety & Security in Construction), and Unit 3 (Planning Construction Projects) are taught in Year 10 of the course, as students will sit the online exams in June. Students will have another opportunity to re-sit these exams in the February of Year 11, in order to improve their grades.

Unit 2 (Developing Construction Projects) is an extended assignment, which is taught in Year 11. Students are given a brief which focuses on the refurbishment of a house, whereby they can choose to extend their learning on 3 pre-taught skills, from the following list; Joinery, Brickwork, Plastering, Plumbing, Decoration, and Tiling.

It is through Design & Technology that many of our young people are given the most effective channel to think about the future of the world around them.   D&T prepares students to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing technologies, by learning to think creatively at an early age. 

Andy Mitchell

Assistant Chief Executive, DATA (Design & Technology Association)



Planning of lessons are linked to department skills assessments, which allow for consistent and challenging metacognition to be embedded within each focus area.

Student feedback, in the form of regular marking, challenges the students to extend their learning, with a view to firmly and consistently embedding high order thinking skills.

Schemes of learning are regularly and consistently reviewed through recall and retrieval activities, so that students feel confident in their gained knowledge and understanding.

Closing the Gaps

Revision guides are developed and purchased by each department, to allow the students extend their learning outside of the classroom environment.

The school VLE (Frog) allows students to have access to a range of differentiated resources, to extend the students learning experience beyond the school day.

Students are mentored and supported at KS4, whereby the department internal ‘Quadrant Monitoring Board’ is used to monitor the performances of individual cohorts of learners.

Out of school hour’s intervention/ enrichment sessions are provided and delivered on a weekly basis for Y11 students, where the focus is on targeted cohorts of learners, and their specific needs for support.


We work closely with a number of trust partners, in particular Cummins Turbo Technologies in Huddersfield. The Engineering department in particular is proud of the fact that students aspire to do well in their studies, with a firm focus on extending their learning at KS5 and beyond, either at college or via an apprenticeship.

We collaborate within the wider school community through STEM delivered projects, with a view to encouraging learners to develop an understanding of how they can develop a social and environmental awareness, in this rapidly changing world, with a particular focus on sustainability. Indeed, all students are encouraged to learn how to take risks, by becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens.