The King's (The Cathedral) School


Design and Technology forms an area of the curriculum that develops skills of quite a different nature from other subjects. Design and Technology enables students to develop their awareness of the world around them, to develop an understanding of, and capability in, the technological world. Instead of theoretical problem solving, design is about the creative application of science and technology to solve everyday problems.

‘the creative application of science and technology to solve everyday problems’

Design and Technology at The King’s (The Cathedral) School is being developed year-on-year to provide the most up-to-date and relevant design and manufacturing methods. Students are taught around a basis of equipping them with new skills and then asking them to apply these skills to a design problem. Students are always encouraged to develop their drawing, CAD and CAM skills independently so as to enhance their design work.


All students study Design in Years 7 to 9, completing four projects per year covering:

  • Computer Aided Design & Manufacture
  • Food Technology
  • Graphics
  • Product Design
  • System & Control
  • Textiles

Projects include: flat-pack laser-cut vase, windsock, healthy bakery products, LED mood light, cultural foods and products, pewter cast pendant designed for Burghley House, architecturally inspired outdoor product for wildlife, and a 'bag for life'. These projects develop a range of problem solving skills and industrially applicable manufacturing knowledge.


In Years 10 and 11 students can choose to study 3 distinct disciplines, all of which follow the AQA syllabus:

  • GCSE Design and Technology (AQA 8552)
  • GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition (AQA 8585)

Students build upon their Key Stage 3 learning, being provided with opportunities to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of design by applying them to everyday circumstances. Students are taught to be creative thinkers while still understanding the limits imposed by finance, materials and manufacturing processes. Students also develop their ability to manage their time carefully to produce high quality work within deadlines.


At A-Level students can choose from two options, both of which follow the AQA syllabus:

  • Design and Technology: Product Design (AQA 7552)
  • Design and Technology: Fashion and Textiles (AQA 7562)

A-Level students are taught to look at the issues in the world at large to draw inspiration for their work, looking at sustainability, our changing population, education, developing societies, disabilities, the effects of a commercial society, products for public use and good old fashioned problem solving. A-Level students are encouraged to think closely about the route they wish to take after school when choosing their coursework topic. Design staff will help students choose projects which will benefit their future studies, especially for students wishing to study design, fashion or engineering. Our students have progressed to study a wide range of university disciplines, including industrial design, architecture, fashion design, mechanical engineering and many more. There are annual visits to design lectures from eminent designers, and annual trips to the New Designers exhibition. Also, Year 12 students prepare and run our annual Art and Design Exhibition in conjunction with the Art Department.

Design Technology CADCAM Resources

All design courses make use of CAD/CAM where possible; students are introduced to a full package of products as they progress through the school. TechSoft 2D design is introduced to students in Year 7. As students progress into GCSEs and A-Levels they can adapt these skills to use industry standard software such as SolidWorks and Fusion 360. Many of the projects undertaken make use of our CAM equipment, including the laser cutting machine, CNC milling machines, 3D Printer and computer controlled embroidery machine.

Design Technology Student Home Learning Resources

The Design and Technology Department has decided to purchase home use licences for many of the CAD programs taught in lessons. All GCSE and A-Level students studying Product Design are expected to install this software on their home computers to help further their studies. Students in Key Stage 3 are also encouraged to do so, especially if they are wishing to study Design and Technology at GCSE and above.

  • TechSoft 2D Design (available to borrow from the School Library)
  • Fusion 360 (free internet download)
  • Google SketchUp (free internet download)
  • SolidWorks Educational Edition (64-bit only, available to borrow from the School Library)


Design Technology Staff

Miss Elizabeth Dunmore (EJD): Head of Design & Technology Department & SLT Link
Mr Julian Criddle (JDC): Teacher of Design & Technology
Mrs Louise Varty (LAV): Teacher Responsible for Food and Textiles
Miss Catharine Shortt (CJS): Teacher of Textiles, Design & Technology and Food Technology
Mrs Nicola Walsham (NJW): Teacher of Food Technology
Mrs Jane Kennedy (JEK): Art & Textiles Technician
Mrs Sarah Lunn (SXL): Design Technology Technician
Mrs Sue Burt (SB): Food Technology Technician