Design & Technology

Overview of KS3: Design & Technology

Subjects covered in this area are: Resistant Materials, Computer Aided Design and Manufacture, Engineering, Food and Graphics. Students will visit each different subject area on a rotation based system. This enables them to experience the different sides of technology before choosing their options.

KS3 Resistant Materials

Students produce a handmade money box and a portable speaker which develops their skills in woodwork, electronics, CAD/CAM and design; in preparation for their GCSE’s if they opt to take the subject further.

KS3 Graphics

In Graphics they learn a multitude of technical drawing techniques and artistic designing from existing artists which all that form together to produce a broad knowledge base. Pop – up cards using Computer Aided Design and Manufacture will be used to design and make the cards. The skills taught are transferable into any Design Technology course at KS4.

KS3 Food Studies

Students develop basic cooking skills such as preparation of ingredients, development of recipes and look at the different areas of the eat well guide.

This will include organisation skills. This includes being ready to cook, sourcing ingredients, collecting equipment, having the recipe to hand and being mindful of time.

Hygiene skills will include hand washing, putting on aprons, ensuring hair is tied back, jewellery is removed and long sleeved items are taken off or rolled up.

Food preparation skills including use a range of basic equipment (knives and graters) as well as different skill. These skills include the bridge hold, claw hold, peeling, grating, slicing, weighing and measuring.

Cooking will include how to use the cooker safely, handling a saucepan on the hob, placing and removing items from the oven or grill, simmering and boiling, and baking

KS3 Art

Students are introduced to a wide range of basic art, craft and design skills.  They will explore drawing, painting, mixed media and 3-dimensional work.  Students explore the formal elements of art – line, shape, tone, texture, pattern, colour and form within each project and research a range of artist, craftspeople, designers and cultures.

Overview of KS4: Art, Design & Technology

Students have the option to choose Art, Design & Technology. Students receive 2 lessons per week, over the three years to complete the course which entails the completion of a written exam and controlled assessments. The qualifications offered are:

WJEC Engineering

The Level 1 / 2 Award in Engineering provides a more practical alternative to GCSE. The qualification is based around the world of engineering and aims to introduce students to the various strands available within the field. The qualification offers students the chance to develop knowledge, skills and understanding through tasks set in realistic work-related contexts.


We are lucky to have state of the art equipment to support your son/daughter achieve their potential.

Examples are:

1) 2 lathes with three & four jaw chucks

2) Brazing hearth and forge.

3) Pewter and aluminium casting facilities

4) Three Laser cutters

5) 3D Printer

6) Bespoke ICT facilities with CAD software


WJEC Construction

Consisting of 3 units of students, the course aims to prepare students for life after The Gainsborough Academy, learning and developing useful skills needed for both apprenticeships and higher education. Skills include tiling and electronics with the ability to maintain and fix plasterboards, guttering, skirting and reupholster chairs.


KS4 WJEC Level 1/2 Vocational Award in Hospitality and Catering

At Key stage 4 we study the vocational award in hospitality and catering.


Content includes understanding the environment in which hospitality and catering providers operate, principles of nutrition, and understanding how hospitality and catering provisions operate. Health and safety requirements and cooking and food preparation are covered including how food can cause ill health.


In this unit learners safely plan, prepare, cook and present nutritional dishes to meet a brief from the exam board. This includes information on nutrition, food safety, time planning and production and evaluation of dishes to include two courses.

Art courses

At GCSE the students can study Art, Craft and Design or Fine Art.  Both courses are divided into 2 sections:

Art, Craft and Design

Students are expected to work in at least 2 of the following areas;

Students must explore through a range of 2D and/or 3D processes and media, practical application of skills and relevant critical and contextual sources such as the work of contemporary artist, craftspeople and designers and the different processes, intentions and functions of art, craft and design that is appropriate to their work.

Fine Art

Within fine art students are required to work in one or more of the following areas, which they may explore overlapping areas and a combination of areas;

Students are required to integrate critical, practical and theoretical study in Fine Art that encourages direct engagement with original work and practice.