Design and Technology

Teachers

  • Steven Steele, Director of Learning
  • Emily Hall, Assistant Director of Learning
  • Denise Whatley
  • Natalie Clarke
  • Claire Findlay
  • Phillip Cornish

In design and technology students combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs. They learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. They learn to think creatively and intervene to improve the quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team.

Working in stimulating contexts that provide a range of opportunities and draw on the local ethos, community and wider world, students identify needs and opportunities. They respond with ideas, products and systems, challenging expectations where appropriate. They combine practical and intellectual skills with an understanding of aesthetic, technical, cultural, health, social, emotional, economic, industrial and environmental issues. As they do so, they evaluate present and past design and technology, and its uses and effects. Through design and technology students develop confidence in using practical skills and become discriminating users of products. They apply their creative thinking and learn to innovate.

The aim of the Design & Technology Department at Hailsham Community College is to offer equal opportunities to all allow students of both sexes to achieve their maximum potential through a range of subject areas within the department. Programmes of study are translated into differentiated schemes of work to match the ability, attitude and developmental level of individual students. We strive to stimulate a lasting interest in learning through problem solving and technological activities. We attempt to help students to develop their imaginations, sensitivity and creative responses to a wide range of aesthetic experiences. Technology has an important part to play in helping all students to acquire the knowledge and skills that will be needed for them to take an active role in future developments.

The study of Technology fosters a wide range of desirable qualities, which we value. Students need to cooperate with one another and have a responsible attitude for health and safety. Students should develop lively, enquiring minds, the ability to question and argue rationally and to apply themselves to tasks and physical skills, both on their own and in groups.

As a department we promote high standards of academic achievements through designing, making and evaluating results. We work together as an enthusiastic team and promote an environment where all students develop personal responsibility and self-motivation but consider the needs and achievements of others.

Our curriculum at all levels is practical in nature, and we ask for a contribution towards materials that are used. This amount varies between subjects and courses, and means that students are able to follow a varied curriculum making compelling products and dishes that they may want to keep or consume. Letters are issued in September that give details of the contributions requested.