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Design Technology


Technology at Ashmole Academy is committed to offering creative design opportunities to its students across the three subject areas of Textiles, Product Design and Food preparation and nutrition.  We endeavour to deliver a creative curriculum that allows students to be fully conscious and aware of the technological world that is ever evolving around them.  Students are offered the chance to research, analyse and then solve real problems in an innovative and inspiring atmosphere where success is possible for all.  Our project based curriculum offers students opportunities to personalise their learning, using modern methods that engage, excite and develop their interest.

Design and Technology at Ashmole is a highly successful department in all key stage areas.  We promote students to be creative and imaginative in their work and to turn ideas into reality by working to a brief.  Students are encouraged to gain confidence in using a variety of different tools and equipment so that they can be used successfully in their work.

Our equipment is some of the latest and most up to date machinery available, giving students the best possible opportunity in all Technology subject areas. Some of the equipment includes a CAD/CAM Laser cutter, a Vinyl cutting machine and a 3D Printer.  We also have three ICT suites for students to use within the department, all with different design software programs.

The following subjects are taught in the Design and Technology Department:




Product Design

Product Design

Product design

Systems and Control




Food preparation and nutrition


Food Technology







Grouping & Setting

In year 7 students will have two lessons of Technology a fortnight, which will include Product Design, Food and Textiles.  In years 8 and 9 students will have three lessons of Technology a fortnight, covering all subject areas.

Students are taught in mixed ability groups in KS3.  At KS4 students can continue with the subject as an option in one of the following; Product Design, Textiles, or Food Preparation and Nutrition.  At KS5 the reformed Product Design A Level is offered.


The Technology Department holds many after school clubs to complete practical tasks and to make use of the CAD/CAM technology available.