Kenilworth School


The Vision

  • Design and technology should be where students of all abilities are able to have an outlet for their creativity and expression. Above all, they should be able to achieve their potential in a safe, nurturing and exciting environment.
  • They should be proud to take their work home and gain a greater design knowledge and improved problem solving skills for their future.


  1. To stimulate and maintain student interest, enjoyment, curiosity and concern about technological aspects of the environment, both local and otherwise in Design and Technology.
  2. To enable students to become familiar with the knowledge, principles, skills and vocabulary of Design and Technology along with a developed knowledge of different categories of materials (smart) and their properties.
  3. To enable students to be confident and competent in “design for purpose” and making quality products which are “fit for purpose”.
  4. To enable students to evaluate and improve upon a design or product as well as considering the needs of the user and evaluating it against specification criteria.
  5. To ensure that all students regardless of ability, race, gender or culture have full access to the curriculum.
  6. To develop an awareness of the role of Design and Technology in the development of the modern world and emerging new technologies and their impact upon the planet and the human race.
  7. To develop an enjoyment in risk taking, creativity, innovation and problem solving of technological problems.
  8. To develop the skills which enable students to make reasoned decisions about the implications of technological advances and to apply principles of nutrition and health to improve their lifestyles?
  9. To develop through Design and Technology a range of desirable personal qualities that will enable students to become confident, committed and co-operative members of society.
  10. To reflect and draw upon the work of past and present designers and design movements along with gaining inspiration from other sources such as nature.
  11. To develop a wide technical vocabulary whilst promoting good literacy skills.


  1. To provide a range of teaching and learning styles that enable full access to the D&T curriculum.
  2. To deliver schemes of work that cover the new 2014 Programmes of Study for Key Stage 3 and relevant qualifications at Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5.
  3. To provide a safe and secure working environment for all students and staff.
  4. To challenge students to achieve through project work and to have the ability to “risk take” and become independent learners.
  5. To develop skills essential for a product’s evaluation and design modification.
  6. To provide an appropriate range of homework activities.
  7. To provide activities that enable students to draw and communicate as well as being able to model in 3D forms.
  8. To provide opportunities for students to discuss technological issues in a ‘real life’ context.
  9. To promote the use of ICT (CAD/CAM) in both developing and communicating ideas.
  10. To develop a range of high quality practical skills to facilitate the making of high quality products in all three of the main technology disciples.
  11. To provide students with the knowledge and understanding of the  process of design and Re-design (iterate)
  12. To provide and promote clear communication between the department and parents of students who require intervention or help. 


The department is made up of eight specialised rooms at the Leyes Lane site and two specialised rooms at the Kenilworth Sixth Form centre dedicated to delivering all aspects of Design and Technology. They comprise of:

Leyes Lane                                                  

  • Two computer suites
  • Three workshops
  • Two Food rooms
  • Two Textiles rooms

Kenilworth Sixth Form Centre

  • A Textiles room
  • A workshop with a separate design area

The staffing structure for the department consists of a Head of Department and three members of staff who oversee Food Technology and Catering, Textiles and Product Design. There are five full time staff and who are supported by three technicians.

The Technology department has a policy of making educational visits to support classroom teaching. These include visits to London museums, exhibitions, NEC shows, trips to Cornwall and Milan. Staff are encouraged to support these initiatives and other aspects of curriculum development.

Keystage 3

All KS3 students at Kenilworth School follow the National Curriculum Programme of Study for Design and Technology. They are allocated one double lesson a week (two hours)). Classes are mixed ability with approximately 23 students per class and follow a carousel arrangement.

Keystage 4

All KS4 students through the 'option system' can continue their studies in Design and Technology. Students can opt to do one or two GCSE D&T subjects but Food Technology and Catering cannot both be taken. Classes are mixed ability with approximately 22 students per class. Over the Key Stage, students are allocated one double lesson a week (two hours) in Year 10 and one double and one single lesson (three hours) a week in Year 11. This may reverse depending on timetabling.
We currently offer GCSE (full courses) in:

  • AQA Design & Technology: Product Design 4577
  • AQA Design & Technology: Textiles Technology 4570
  • WJEC GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition.

Key Stage 5
At A Level we currently offer:

  • AQA Product Design (3D) – AS and A2
  • AQA Textiles – AS and A2

All KS5 students are allocated five hours a week at AS and A2.


The AQA GCSE specification gives students the opportunity to explore the fashion and textiles industry and develop a wide range of technical and creative skills. Students are expected to take themes set by the exam board and interpret them to a create a very individual design and make project. Students will study textiles theory alongside their design project, this will include fibres, manufacturing, marketings, smet and technical textiles. All students will make a final product linked to fashion or textile design. Those who choose the fashion route will showcase their work in a fashion show at the end of each year. The new specification will start as of September 2017 and will be weighted at 50% Non-examined assmember and 50% Final Exam