Infection Information: 

The academy is now closed for half term. During the holiday break we still need to collate infection information on our students, and close contacts would need to be advised of risk. If your child is tested positive, please contact the School Health Support Team call line on 01772 531555 with the date, name and school of the child. If you prefer you can also email details to the Covid19 Education inbox using the link

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Resistant Materials

Welcome to Resistant Materials


Throughout Key Stage 3 students are taught techniques for exploring and developing ideas including - sketching and rendering, annotated drawings, mood boards and 3D models. Students often work on their own but there are also opportunities to work as a member of a team.

Resistant Materials also has strong cross-curricular links with Science, Maths and Art. Future plans will include collaborative work with other schools. Throughout Key Stage 3 students develop D&T capability by carrying out designing and making projects. By the end of Key Stage 3 they have a wider knowledge and understanding of D&T through theory and practical skills. They analyse existing products and existing design styles as a starting point to their own designs. There is a strong emphasis on making for others (target user).

Current projects include:

Year 7

Scalextric - Students design, build and race scalextric cars.

Year 8

Puzzle Pack - Students design and make hand held puzzles based on a theme of their choice.

Year 9

Jewellery - Students design and make cast pewter jewellery.

Year 10 and 11

GCSE Resistant Material - Docking station.


Design Technology GCSE

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At the end of Key Stage 3 students have the opportunity to choose Resistant Materials at GCSE (AQA). Students continue to develop their knowledge and understanding of the subject and undertake projects such as design and make a children's toy, a pewter product, flat pack chair and themed mirror. At the end of Year 10 and throughout Year 11 students work on their controlled assessment, which is worth 60% of their final grade. They produce an individual design to make product and portfolio evidence. They are required to research their own design task, generate and develop a range of relevant ideas and manufacture a solution which best satisfies the requirements they have identified for their intended client. Students will spend approximately 40 hours completing this design and make exercise presenting a portfolio (25 A3 pages) and the completed practice

The remainder of the year is spent revising for the preparation sheet which is released on the 1st March.

Activities & Events

Year 9 visits to Ti Technology, Engineering, Gadget Show, The Design Museum and local Design and Technology related events.