The creative technologies faculty includes Computer Science, Design and Food Technologies, Hospitality and Catering, Creative iMedia and Child Development and Care. The faculty is fortunate to have a dedicated cooking room with 7 individual kitchen bays, 2 computer suites equipped with various specialised software including Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. A textiles / DT teaching room and a technology suite containing various emerging technologies such as robotics, 3D printers, Raspberry pi and Micro bit computers for cross curricular projects, lessons and after school clubs that give students hands on experiences of these technologies.
Computers will be a part of every aspect of our student’s futures. From their study, work and careers to their hobbies, leisure and interests. Computer science at key stage 3 aims to equip learners with the skills to participate in a rapidly-changing world through challenging and engaging topics. Learners will develop an understanding and application in the fundamental principles of computer science and digital technologies by having the opportunity to write programs and produce professional digital products. This underpins further study if students decide to pursue Computer Science or Creative iMedia in years 10 and 11. Studying Computer Science provides skills and abilities students will be required to use extensively in their future.
Design and Food Technologies
In Design technology, students explore different design approaches such as biomimicry, to generate creative ideas and use annotated sketches, detailed plans and 3D modelling to present their findings.
In textiles students try out several basic sewing techniques and fabric manipulation activities. Students' evaluations are initially based upon analysis of past and present professionals to develop and broaden their understanding while continuously considering new and emerging technologies.
In food technology students study areas focused around nutritional understanding and investigate food choices for different groups such as vegetarians, coeliac sufferers, food choice based on religion or culture.
They also gain a wealth of practical experience by cooking two to three times a term in our catering room. This underpins any continued study into Hospitality and Catering for students who choose to take the subject at KS4.
Child Development and Care (Key Stage 4 only)
This qualification provides the opportunity to gain a vocational qualification that gives a basic introduction to the sector. It includes the knowledge and understanding of child development and well-being necessary when preparing for working with children in a variety of settings. It is aimed at a range of learners who wish to be introduced to childcare and development for children aged 0-5 years. It also gives learners an insight into their preferred learning styles and assists in developing their ability to study.
This qualification will enable learners to develop significant transferable knowledge and study skills that will support progression including: an awareness of learning styles and study skills , an understanding of roles and responsibilities when working in a setting and a basic understanding of the stages and sequence of child development.