Design and Technology

In D&T, students are encouraged to develop their designing and making skills through a range of projects involving a combination of materials, including food, textiles, electronics, plastics wood, metals and smart materials. They learn to apply their knowledge and understanding both independently and as part of a team to explore the characteristics and properties of materials, machines and equipment. Creative thinking is encouraged, as is the use of ICT, including CAD/CAM and Systems and Control. Sustainability issues and industrial links are key features of this subject. We strive to provide learning experiences outside the classroom and collaborations with local industries and experts in the design world around us. We promote the links between STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) both through the daily curriculum and extra-curricular challenges such as The TeenTech Awards. The iterative design process is highlighted across the subject to promote a coherent understanding of the concepts and principles involved in D&T, allowing opportunities for challenge and flexibility according to individual interests.

During Y7, students will be involved in D&T capability tasks across each area building upon existing knowledge and developing their confidence in the use of tools, equipment, processes and materials. Students will be encouraged to work more independently, through research, planning and organising materials – such as ingredients for Food lessons. The Y8 course continues to build on and extend the foundation course started in Y7, enabling students to develop their knowledge and understanding of the characteristics and properties of materials and components towards making informed decisions for realising their own ideas. In Y9, students undertake more open-ended Design & Make tasks in each area, considering issues relating to the scientific, moral and technological aspects of the brief. ICT & CAD/CAM equipment such as the sublimation machine, laser cutter and computerised sewing machine will be applied throughout. The D&T course at Welland Park Academy provides a firm foundation to support the subject at GCSE level and enhances many life skills, opening doors to an abundance of career opportunities.

School Food Champion Programme

Please click here to visit our School Food Champion web page, which will give you greater in-sight into what the School and the students have been involved in and what they have achieved so far.

For information about our exciting new GCSE provision, please go to the GCSE Curriculum Options link on the left of this page or click here.


 Head of Department: Miss G. Bond -

Keystage 4

GCSE subjects being offered currently are:-


Design & Technology 


Food Preparation and Nutrition


Please click on the links for further information.