In Design Technology at New Mills school we aim to give students every opportunity to:

  • develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
  • build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
  • critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others

Projects completed at KS3 include:

  • an Alessi inspired key ring with accompanying vacuum formed packaging.
  • a gadget tidy/phone holder encompassing wood work and design skills.
  • a cast aluminium coat hook, including sand casting and milling techniques.
  • a mirror frame project with an emphasis on traditional woodwork skills.
  • a Memphis inspired acrylic clock with a large part of the project incorporating design and prototyping.

All projects have significant elements of design, planning and materials knowledge which backs up the main part of the subject which is hands on practical skills.


Design and technology KS3


Set every 2 weeks. Typical tasks include research and analysis of existing products, completing Design tasks and exam style questions