Design and Technology


To foster enjoyment, purpose and promote curiosity in designing and making.

Creativity is intelligence having fun
Albert Einstein

Key Stage 3


Projects will involve both design and making activities in DT through theory and practical work.

Students will work on 2 projects areas throughout the year:

  • Project 1: ‘Bag for life’. An introduction to using the sewing machine, decorative techniques and pattern production.
  • Project 2: ‘Mood light box’. An introduction to working with Tools and electronics in the workshop.



Projects will involve both design and making activities and students will work on 3 projects areas throughout the year:

  • Project 1: ‘Patchwork lunch bag’ Students will learn a number of technique including batik, tie-dye, applique, screen printing before constructing a patchwork reusable lunch bag. The aim to make a well-made product focusing on material use, up cycling and further develop sewing machine skills.
  • Project 2: ‘Plastic workshops. Student will work with plastic to make a Picture frame, jelly mould, phone holder/charging station.
  • Project 3: Designing, evaluating and key skills: 2 short mini making project that focus on the core foundations of Design and Technology. They will focus on interior design and structural forms.



Year 9 Aerospace VISIT – Thursday 27th September

On Thursday 27th September, 15 students from Heathfield School travelled to the Aerospace museum in Filton. Students had the opportunity to understand about the history of aviation manufacture and see first-hand how aviation manufacture has developed over time.

The highlight of the day for students was being able to view and sit inside the iconic concord aircraft.

During the day, students also had the opportunity to develop STEM skills during a creative engineering workshop. For this, they had to work in teams to build a prototype Mars rover, powered by a Sphero micro processed orb. All students approached this challenge with enthusiasm and did incredibly well with the challenge they were set.

“I really enjoyed taking a look inside the concord. The cockpit was the most interesting with all of the switches and buttons that the crew had to memorise. The projection onto the side of the concord was amazing. It was really interesting to hear about and see how much work went into the making of aircraft by the engineers. I also really enjoyed taking a look around the hangers with all of the planes from WW1 and WW2. Some of the facts were staggering!” - FS -Y9

“Our trip to Aerospace was very eye-opening and fascinating, looking inside the detailed side of plane engineering from now all the way back to the vintage planes at the start of WW1. I thoroughly enjoyed looking at all the planes inside of the museum. I most enjoyed looking at the special plane, the Concorde, learning in depth about the speed and size of the terrific plane showed me how incredible engineering could be in the future and how important it could be in the development of humanity” – TB Y9

Mrs H. Fortune

Projects will involve both design and making activities and students will work on 3 projects areas throughout the year:

  • Project 1 ‘Pencil case for a music festival pop up stall’. This project is about designing and creativity and using all skills learnt in years 7/8.
  • Project 2: ‘Pewter casting’. In the workshop melting metal to ‘cast’ into a mould. This will also further develop workshop skills.
  • Project 3: Designing, evaluating and key skills: A design and make project that focus on the core foundations of Design and Technology. We focus on the Memphis Design movement and the responsibilities of the designer.


Let's go invent tomorrow rather than worrying about what happened yesterday
Steve Jobs, Apple

AQA Design and Technology (GCSE - studied in years 10 and 11)

What will you study?

During this 2 year course you would study fabric, wood, metal and plastic as well as how to design and make imaginative products. You will gain knowledge of a wide range of materials and also learn about possible careers within the design industry.

You will undertake 1 non-examined assessment (coursework) over the 2 year course in year 11 and this will make up 50% of your final award. This extended making project will showcase your skills and knowledge though investigating, designing, planning, developing, making, testing and evaluating a project of your choice. You will be able to select ONE material to complete this project in. The other 50% of the GCSE will be assessed in a more formal end of course examination that will be 2 hours in length.

DT Enrichment Day: Rocket Workshop

A bit of science, a bit of history (Apollo missions) and some fun in making rockets, year 8’s demonstrated great enthusiasm and creativity in making straw and then the larger stomp rockets…boom!

Students worked in teams and as individuals. A score card was kept with marks available for quality, teamwork (including a presentation), flight characteristics and distance. The overall winner (by 2 clear points) was James Groves. In runners up position was Joshua Rothery R. Well done to all.

The special judge’s prize went to Fay Morey for her excellent overall attitude and enthusiasm. Well done.

Mr. K. Bolling
Student Work

We have good CAD/CAM equipment to help our students realize their design ideas in both 2D and 3D form.

We have 3 workshops and a material preparation room.


  • Students are introduced to the idea of the "Good Code of Practice" whilst designing.
  • It is the responsibility of designers to ensure that their ideas are ethically sound and don’t offend or exclude any groups of individuals. Designers should aim to minimise the carbon footprint of their products, help sustain material demands by sourcing or substituting materials and consider the life cycle of their creations from 'drawing board to ground'.
  • Students will be introduced to the circular economy design model and should try to incorporate this throughout their studies at both key stage 3 & 4.
  • Several units of study will focus on the needs of others and in how designers can 'design everyone in'.
  • Students will also be introduced to the idea of using artwork and influences from other cultures.
  • Key stage 3 students can attend either the Lego robot club or computer programming and games design throughout the year.

Staff and areas of responsibility

We are fortunate to have a dedicated team of professionals who all have the relevant knowledge and skills to be able to deliver the curriculum. We benefit by sharing our wealth of experience and we are fully supported by our full-time technician.

Y9 Textiles Workshop at Bridgwater College

On Thursday 27th September, as part of the events for the year 9 DT & Food enrichment day, we took small group to Bridgwater College Textiles department. This workshop was ran by Katherine Brown, the led lecturer, who engaged the students in a creative activity. They were asked to use off cuts from the laser cuter and patches of fabric to create an original jacket design. The design was entirely upcycled and unique. A very excitable and inspiring visit that gave our students an insight into post 16 creative courses.

Mrs D. Smith
Departmental Staffing
Deborah Smith Head of Department
Scott Ellwood Second in Department
Jennie Bolling Teacher
Keith Bolling Technician
Jack Daly Teacher
Jane Fleming Technician
Julia Singleton Teacher


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