The Design and technology department is one where we not only develop students' passion for designing/making, we also enhance their academic abilities, provide important life skills and offer distinct career pathways where we have unique connections and links to industry.
The subjects we teach cover Graphic design, Product design, Food preparation and nutrition, Resistant materials, Textiles, Structures, Construction and some electronics at KS3. At KS4, we cover Food preparation and nutrition, Designing and planning the built environment (Architecture /design focussed) and Constructing and maintaining the built environment (Construction Trade focussed) with the two latter courses being unique to our school across Merseyside At KS5 we currently offer Constructing the built environment which allows students to focus on Architecture, Construction trades or Civil engineering. This course also has industry connections unique to our school with our students spending 2 days per week across the duration of the course working out on site with one of our partners.
Our new City & Guilds courses at KS4 and 5 are also uniquely linked to the School of the built environment and School of Architecture at Liverpool John Moores university from where tutors will provide projects, tutorials and assessment of students' work alongside offering invaluable advice on the industries and further study.
All of our subject areas provide vital and important transferable skills for study of other subjects such as: Identification of needs, how to research information, how to analyse information, application of knowledge and skills, working with and for others, responding to others needs, project planning, presentation skills, evaluation of work and projects.
Our department also offer afterschool /lunchtime clubs in textiles and cooking and for the past year have run a very successful non curricular catering provision entitled 'BEB Bistro'. This has enabled students across all key stages with an interest in the catering industry to work with professional chefs and in professional kitchens. The result of this was our staging of 3 commercial restaurant evenings where students helped design the menu and then cooked for and served paying customers. All of the evenings where a success with each a noted improvement on the last. Two of our evenings took place in the professional restaurant attached to Liverpool City college who have been extremely helpful as an organisation and with whom we now have well developed links that will enable us to put on further evenings in the coming year.