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Broadoak College

Broadoak Mathematics and Computing College A High Performing Specialist School

01934 422000

Design & Technology

We aim through Design and Technology to offer a unique learning experience, to stimulate curiosity about everyday products and develop skills and knowledge essential for an increasingly technologically advancing world. Our integrated Key Stage 3 Design and Technology programme draws together Food Technology, Textiles Technology, Resistant Materials and Systems and Control.

Our Curriculum

The department is a thriving, creative and ambitious environment where students are supported and encouraged to achieve their full potential. We believe in a hands-on approach and that students should learn through doing. Students will learn an important array of life skills as well as have fun in the classroom.

Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 study all aspects of the design process, including how professional designers and manufacturers work together to develop and market new products. The course includes aspects of electronic product design, fashion design, food production, graphic design, nutrition, and computer aided design and manufacture. It aims to develop skills of creativity, teamwork, independent problem solving and communication as well as practical skills.
Within the department we aim to encourage and support the development of student’s designs and making skills, recognising the value of each individual’s ideas, working together safely to develop practical skills and celebrating the achievements of each student.

The breadth of the subject allows students a wide range of design technology approaches as well as experience of a wide range of materials. At KS4 Students can choose from a range of GCSE options including Product Design, Food Technology and Textile Technology. Students within the department find their studies challenging and rewarding and are very successful at GCSE.

  • Textile Technology
  • Food Technology
  • Product Design


The department is equipped with a dedicated suite of rooms to facilitate all technology disciplines including an ICT suite with laser cutters, a milling machine, Camm 1 machine and computerised textile embroidery machine.

All of the areas are designed to give a flexible working environment for students in the designing situation, each area being furnished to allow work of a graphic/ modelling nature. We also have excellent software facilities including: - Pro Desktop, CorelDraw graphics suite, 2D Design, Adobe Master CS3 collection.

Meet the Team

Ms F Nicholson

Head of Creative Faculty

Mr R Giles

Second in Faculty

Mr J Hicks


Mrs A Odiango


Mrs D Cox

Food Technology

Miss F Baxter-Hunter

Head of Textiles

Mr T Court

Technology / Art Technician

Mrs V Moth

Food / Textiles Technician

Extra-curricular Activities

The faculty provides regular opportunities for students to take part in enrichment activities. Ready steady cook, the ‘Broadoak bake-off’ and bring your parent to cook have all proved very popular.  Workshops to develop skills are offered for all disciplines and prove beneficial for KS4 students. We achieved great success in the STEM engineers wind turbine event at Bristol and won convincingly on all accounts.

The excellent work of the students is celebrated with displays throughout the school and an annual showcase in conjunction with Art.