Design, Art & Technology

The Faculty

Mr S Simmons Head of Faculty
Ms E Tallis Head of Art and Design
Mrs R Cameron Teacher of Art and Design
Mrs K Hobley Teacher of DAT
Mrs T Gudonis Teacher of DAT (Maternity Leave)
Miss R Thomas Teacher of DAT (Maternity Cover)
Miss J Walker Teacher of DAT (Maternity Cover)
Mrs A Clark Food, Textiles and Art Technicial
Mr P Mitchell Workshop Technician

The Faculty comprises two subject areas:-

  • Art and Design
  • Design Technology

We have three specialist Art and Design classrooms, a Textiles room, Food room, Design/CAD studio and two well-equipped workshops.

KS3 Curriculum

Design Technology

In Year 7 students are introduced to key design communication skills, and the stages of designing and making, before experiencing the different areas of design technology that St Katherine’s has to offer.   Years 8 and 9 are taught via a carousel system over five one hour periods per fortnight. By Year 9 they will have covered Food, Graphics, Electronics, Resistant Materials, Product Design and Textiles.

Art and Design

All KS3 groups are taught Art & Design two lessons per fortnight. Every year group will cover every aspect of the programme of study from the National Curriculum.


In Year 10 students will embark upon a variety of mini projects, which will be used to teach the context of the core syllabus. Students are assessed, regardless of which course, on designing and making skills. Projects have a clear design structure and are chosen to provide a wide breadth and depth of experiences. ICT forms an integral part of all courses with students being taught a wide range of applications with particular emphasis on presentation of work and manufacturing of products. For each Design and Technology strand a 3D outcome is required.

Coursework is an essential part of these courses and accounts for 60% of available marks, the examination accounts for 40% of available marks.

KS4 Curriculum

Design Technology

There are five different pathways through KS4 design technology:

Graphic Products

Students work with graphic materials in a fully equipped specialist room, and undertake a series of short projects covering a range of skills that may include:

  • graphical and technical illustration
  • computer graphics
  • card mechanisms and geometrical drawings
  • Some tasks will require 3D solutions using card, paper, plastics or other suitable materials

Food (OCR)

Students investigate, design, make and evaluate the use of food as a material.

Students will gain an appropriate knowledge of:

  • Food materials and components
  • Food product design, development and market influence
  • Food processes and product manufacture

The Course is taught through ‘design and make’ assignments, which will enable a range of skills and processes to be developed.

Resistant Materials (AQA)

Students work with wood, metal and plastics to develop the skills to manufacture using CAD/CAM (computer aided design and manufacture). Students will use professional techniques including the use of templates and jigs to acquire skills in material manipulation and forming.

Folio work is essential, students will examine existing products and look at design and drawing skills to present their ideas. The course also includes ICT, design development, planning the making of a product, how to select the best materials and construction methods, and evaluation techniques.

Textiles (AQA)

The Course revolves around the design and manufacture of a wide range of textile goods with particular reference to fashion and interior design. Students work with textiles in a specialist room to develop professional techniques including:

  • Colouration of fabrics – e.g. dyeing, printing, silk printing
  • Surface decoration – by hand or machine, e.g. quilting, patchwork, appliqué, embroidery
  • The construction of products
  • Yarn and fabric construction – spinning, weaving, knitting

Art and Design – GCSE

At KS4, student’s course work makes up 60% of their Art GCSE and at the end of the year their practical Art Exam which accounts for 40%. KS4 students follow the AQA examining board.   Art and Design students are expected to try out a variety of media such as painting, printmaking, clay work, sculpture and photography with links made to relevant artists/crafts people. Students are set 3 different projects for their coursework and will produce preparation work and final outcomes that can be either 2D or 3D. Students will have the opportunity to visit local art galleries to help develop and strengthen their coursework.

Extracurricular Activities

At key stage 3 the Science and Engineering Club run by Design Technology together with the Science Faculty, meets every week on a Tuesday night. Through the club students have the opportunity to enter competitions such as the Toyota challenge and the Rolls Royce innovation awards.

Every year the Faculty organises visits to the Clothes Show for Textiles students and the New Designers Exhibition for Product Design students.

There is a weekly art club for years 7, 8 and 9. There are regular artist in residence workshops including graffiti art, sculpture making and encaustic art, plus life drawing workshops and an annual Art trip to London.

Artsmark Silver Award

Arts Council England has awarded St Katherine’s a Silver Artsmark, in recognition of the school’s commitment to, and excellence in, arts education.

Students worked with a wide range of artists in residence and teachers on a variety of exciting, unique opportunities, such as Graffiti inspired panels for the school’s Dining Area, theatrical productions and a permanently sited mural for the local community.

Arts Council England, South West Executive Director Chris Humphrey said: “Arts Council England is committed to great art for everyone and we believe that if children are creatively inspired at an early age, they are more likely to have a lifelong engagement with the arts. Artsmark sets the standard for outstanding arts in schools and this Silver Artsmark Award recognises St Katherine’s passion for the arts and belief in the power of creativity. It’s great to see the enthusiasm the Award encourages in the teachers, students and local communities – they should be proud of what they have achieved.”

To receive an Artsmark, a school must dedicate a minimum of 10 per cent of its curricular teaching time to the arts; 12 per cent wins a Silver Artsmark and 15 per cent qualifies for Artsmark Gold. An Artsmark school also provides teachers’ professional development and involvement with local artists and arts groups.