The Design and Technology Department at Stretford Grammar School is a committed and well established team, who enjoy inspiring students to achieve in this highly challenging subject. We aim to produce stimulating contexts, and a range of opportunities for students to use their intellectual and practical skills to think of creative ways to solve real life and relevant problems.

Students acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. They are also taught to consider aesthetic, technical, cultural, health, social, emotional, economic, industrial and environmental issues when designing. Students learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present day technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.  Ultimately it is our aim that students of Design and Technology will in the future make an important contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation

Meet the team:

Mrs H. Barry Curriculum Leader for Design and Technology
Miss G. Sutcliffe Teacher of Design and Technology
Mr. D. Price-Uden Teacher of Design and Technology / Assistant Headteacher


The department is keen to involve students in competitions outside school such as the regional Crest Awards and Teen Tech competition as well as the Junior Chef competition in conjunction with Trafford College. Trips out include visits to companies such as Land Rover Jaguar and Siemens and Key stage 4 and 5 students are taken to Llandudno to see the “Innovations” exhibition and attend workshops run by the Examination Board. After school students can join in with activities such “Let’s Get Cooking”.


What will be taught?

Design Technology is through a variety of creative theoretical and practical activities where pupils build knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making.

They should work in a range of contexts across the main disciplines of Food Preparation and Nutrition and Product Design. Some examples of projects include passive amplifiers, mood lights, city scape nets and multicultural foods.

Students are assessed on their technical knowledge and understanding with assessments at the start and end of the year, along with formative and summative assessments throughout the year in the areas of Designing, Making and Evaluation.

At KS4 students can opt to specialise in either GCSE Design Technology or GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition.


What happens in lessons?

Students work on a rotation system around different project areas. In Y7 groups stay with the same teacher to help embed good practice and routines and build pupil confidence. In Y8 and Y9 students Staff teach one project and the students move around the carousel at different points in the year.

In lessons, it is our aim that students will;

  • develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
  • build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
  • critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
  • understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook


What extra opportunities are there?

Currently at KS3 the department offers an Engineering club that meets every Tuesday lunchtime. This follows a schedule that varies depending on student interest, but includes opportunities to develop CAD CAM skills and enter competitions. A branch of that currently includes a KS4 F1 in schools team that meet every Tuesday afterschool.

In Y9 there is also the opportunity to enter the Dragons Den competition that takes place every year. This provides student to make cross-curricular links with Business Studies, developing, manufacturing and selling their own unique product to raise money for charity. Students need to initially present their idea to local business ‘dragons’ in order to gain funding for their project.

There is also the opportunity to take part in the ‘let’s get cooking’ club where students learn how to prepare and plan healthy meals and work in teams to build practical skills around food preparation and nutrition. There is also a link to budgeting and enterprise when students have to make and sell products in order to fund the next group project.

How can you help at home?

All homework is set through the schools ‘show my homework’ page, so actively discussing and checking this with your child will help them keep up-to-date with tasks that need to be completed. This is also used for informing home about ingredients needed for their Food Technology rotations along with communicating afterschool sessions or deadlines that may be set for GCSE students.

Generally, the more our students can be creative and independent problem solvers, the more success they will have with in this subject. Anything they can do at home to facilitate this will be helpful; ranging from exploring new technologies and taking part in craft activities to helping with the washing up!

Please click on the links below for the Options Evening presentations from 8th February 2018.