Design & Technology Faculty

Design and Technology at Avon Valley is a successful faculty which is forward thinking in its delivery of both Key Stage 3 and 4. Our aims are to provide opportunities for students to:

  • Enjoy turning ideas into reality.
  • Strive for successful outcomes.
  • Be creative and develop thinking skills.
  • Work independently and develop self-esteem.
  • Develop attitudes of curiosity, enquiry, initiative, ingenuity, resourcefulness.
  • Experience a range of different material areas. We have high expectations of all our students and lead by example.

We deliver Design and Technology with a consistent and co-ordinated approach.

This year the focus for the faculty is to modernise and enrich the curriculum. The new carousel in DT Years 8 & 9 has facilitated Electronics (including Soldering), Construction Modelling (including CAD) and Control (including Robotics). Such modernisation has made DT more industry relevant, scientifically challenging and raised the profile. Enrichment has made the DT experience more challenging, improved enjoyment and is helping students make an informed decision ready for KS4.

Strands continue through the years therefore offering longer term developmental through years. Our scheme content has been praised by local press, local authority, and national resource providers.


Key Stage 3

The students in Years 7 and 8 have 2 lessons of 1 hour each fortnight which increases to 3 lessons per fortnight in Year 9. Students are taught in mixed ability groups of around 24.

The Key Stage is divided into modules and the students rotate to experience the different material areas utilising the specialist staff’s experience and classroom resources.

Students study:

  • Product Design
  • Textiles
  • Food Technology
  • Electronics
  • Graphics


Key Stage 4

Students can currently opt to study GCSE Product Design/Textiles via the AQA syllabuses or Catering via the WJEC syllabus. All of our GCSE courses are very popular with some students taking at least two areas if not all three.

Students can choose to study:

  • Product Design
  • Textiles
  • Food Technology


Extra Curriculum

Students can enjoy Design and Technology activities outside of lessons through a range of clubs in all material areas. These are available to students at lunchtimes and after school.


D&T Staff

Mrs C Jesson

Joint Faculty Leader and Subject Leader of Textiles

Mr J Murphy

Joint Faculty Leader and Subject Leader of Product Design

Miss C Daly

Subject Leader of Food Technology

Mr M Deeley

Product Design Technician

Mrs H Francis

Art Technician

Miss L Cowen

Food Technician