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Head of Department: Mrs N Morris

At Herne Bay High School, we aim to inspire students in the creative process of designing and making prototypes. We introduce technical knowledge at the start of key stage 3 and further develop this throughout all the key stages.

Based in a refurbished building dedicated specifically to our subject we have a range of traditional and contemporary tools including a laser cutter, CNC router and 3D printers. We have 2 fully equipped workshops and 2 computer suites. Projects are designed so that there is fluid movement between rooms for different parts of an area of study.

Workshop based lessons: Students learn to use a wide range of workshop machinery and hand tools whilst working with plastic, metal and wood. A basic knowledge of mechanisms, materials, safety, tools and structures is taught and the development of technical vocabulary is encouraged. Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Computer-Aided Manufacture (CAM) is used throughout the course.

Textiles based lessons: Students experience a variety of hand and machine-based textile techniques in order to apply surface decoration or to construct a textile-based product. A basic knowledge of technical content is taught including how fabric is constructed, the properties specific to individual material and information on the original source. E-textiles is used to encourage new innovative ways of thinking when designing.

Graphics & theory-based lessons: Students are taught a range of graphic techniques to present initial ideas and develop technical drawing skills.

Teaching Staff

  • Mrs N Morris - Head of Department
  • Miss Morton
  • Mr Eagle
  • Mrs Giles
  • Mrs Murphy

Design Technology Clubs and Trips

  • KS4 Afterschool Study Support
  • STEM club
  • Design based enrichment trips for key stage 3
  • STEM Days
  • Participation in Engineering Week
  • CAD/CAM club

What do our children study?

At Key Stage 3 students learn to combine practical skills with creative thinking, to design and make good quality products. Students study 19 double lessons across the year in design with their teacher covering the full curriculum and a broad range of projects.

KS4 courses:

OCR GCSE (9-1) Design and Technology


WJEC Level 1/2 Award in Engineering


Subject Documents Date  
Year 7 Design Technology Curriculum Plan 11th Jul 2024 Download
Year 8 Design Technology Curriculum Plan 11th Jul 2024 Download
Year 9 Design Technology Curriculum Plan 11th Jul 2024 Download
Year 10 Engineering Curriculum Plan 11th Jul 2024 Download
Year 10 OCR GCSE Curriculum Plan 19th Jul 2023 Download
Year 11 Engineering Curriculum Plan 11th Jul 2024 Download
Year 11 OCR GCSE Curriculum Plan 11th Jul 2024 Download