Balshaw’s Church of England High School

Design Technology

Design Technology Staff

  • Miss C Brown - Curriculum Leader/Textile Technology and Graphic Products
  • Miss R Gore - Assistant Curriculum Leader/Food Technology  - from September 2017
  • Mrs C Durkin - Textile Technology
  • Mr P Greaves - Resistant Materials
  • Mrs A Holden - Food Technology
  • Mr D Melling - Resistant Materials/Graphic Products (Assistant Headteacher)
  • Mrs V Thomas - Food Technology
  • Mr R Wood - Electronic Products
  • Miss J Fisher - Technician

The Design and Technology department offers 5 different Technology areas throughout KS3 and KS4. These are Electronic Products, Food Technology, Graphical Products , Textile Technology and Resistant Materials.

In Key stage 3 Year 7 and 9 have two 50 minute lessons a week on an 8 week rotation. Year 8 has 3 lessons a week again on an 8 week rotation. At the end of Year 9 all students choose a Technology subject to study at GCSE. At GCSE students have a double and a single 50 minute lesson a week.

The department consists of 4 full time and 3 part time members of staff, supported by a part time technician.

Key Stage 3


Student Activities per Year Group


 Year 7

Resistant Materials Bag tag (MDF), hand held game. Materials found in Resistant Materials
Textile Technology Tie dye bag: develop an ideal school bag
Food Technology Fruit fusion, fruit flapjack, soup, pizza, toast, small cakes. Design and make rice and pasta salad
Graphic Products Rendering in colour. Design and make Natural feast bar
Electronic Products Basic soldering: Steady Hand Game. Basic electronic theory

 Year 8

Resistant Materials Key fob (Acrylic), ID tag (Aluminium). Design and make a themed clock, tools and equipment used in Resistant Materials
Textile Technology Decorative printing techniques: design and make a printed cushion, colour theory, manufactured fibres
Food Technology Bolognese or chilli, oaty biscuits, pasta bake, design and make a flavoured scone, food hygiene
Electronic Products Design and make a moisture tester. Intermediate electronic theory
Graphic Products 3D techniques (oblique and isometric), rendering in colour, design and make a greeting card, 3D graphics and colour enhancement

 Year 9

Resistant Materials Pen holder (acrylic and plywood), mobile phone/TV remote holder developed from final idea to product capable of being mass produced, joining techniques in Resistant Materials
Textile Technology Design and make a textile container, decorative techniques, fastenings
Food Technology Dutch apple cake, savoury plait, sweet/savoury pie, fajitas, cheesecake, design and make a decorated shortbread biscuit
Electronic Products Model using wire: DMA, design and make a timer circuit, advanced electronic theory
Graphic Products 2D techniques, design and make a music/computer game C; launch and promotion
Key Stage 4

Please see the images below for examples of GCSE controlled assessment projects that the students have created:

Design Technology - Key Stage 4