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Design & Technology


The creative industry is the second largest industry in the world, with the UK design sector leading in Europe. This is fantastic news for the creative industries, and for design specifically.

Figures value the UK creative industries, as a whole, at £76.9 billion per year – contributing an incredible £8.8 million to the UK economy every hour. The UK creative sector is up nearly 10% from last year, growing at three times the rate of the wider UK economy – but design itself is growing at double that rate.

At Hitchin Girls' School, we provide the opportunities for pupils to engage in activities that are challenging, relevant and motivating. Our students gain a sense of purpose and feel satisfied that they can play a constructive role in a technological society. They enjoy their learning in D&T and feel secure that their experiences use knowledge, skills and understanding that are applied in increasingly more diverse and sophisticated ways.

Teaching Styles

D&T is taught throughout the school in mixed ability groups and based upon practical work that requires students to become active self-managers. This teaching enables students to respond positively when taking on new skills and responsibilities. Students are taught to make products in workshops and, in order to do this, they must prioritise, anticipate and overcome difficulties and reflect on successes. D&T needs students to investigate, solve problems and challenge existing models. Working together, our teaching permits the creative contribution of ideas and develops our students' designing ability.


Up to two pieces of 30 minutes of homework per week are set to extend and consolidate learning for all year groups. The homework activities can range from sourcing materials or ingredients, ICT based work, research-based tasks, designing / creating, revising or even online quizzes and videos.

Extra Curricular

D&T offers a range of clubs and activities. D&T competitions will be advertised throughout the year, as and when they are available for entry.

Whether your interest is in food, textiles robotics or creative designing, there is something for everyone to get involved with. We also offer a range of catch up sessions to help students make up for lost time on their classwork. For older students, we run a number of extra sessions to help support with NEA’s and the food curriculum.

 Key Stage 3 

All students take D&T as part of a broad and exciting Key Stage 3 curriculum. To all students in Years 7 - 9 we run practical classes with up to 21 pupils per class. We deliver focused skill building and making modules in Food, Textiles, 3D Product design and 2D/Graphic Product Design.

Year 7

As part of their Food Preparation & Nutrition, students learn a range of basic food preparation skills through mini demonstrations and the making of their own products. Health and safety issues are covered, as well as food hygiene, sensory attributes, the Eatwell Guide and key nutrients and their functions.

In Fashion and Textiles, students learn how to use a range of equipment, techniques and materials to decorate fabric, alongside some basic design skills, in order to create a fabric night light.

Foundation workshop skills are developed through making products such as bird feeders in 3D Product Design, with illustration skills and an introduction to computer aided 2D design being delivered in Graphic Design.

Year 8: 

In Food Preparation and Nutrition, students learn more about nutrition and are exposed to a range of food products and dishes from a variety of different cultures through preparing and cooking a well balanced range of food products and dishes. 

In Fashion and Textiles, students are able to design and make items such as pencil cases, clutch bags, ipad covers, phone pouches, notebook covers or other interesting products.

Modules in Product Design involve creating a stationary storage item. In Graphic Design, further illustration techniques are applied to create a vanity mirror which is developed through use of Adobe illustrator and computer aided manufacture to create original character mirrors and packaging.

Year 9: 

End of Key Stage modules help students gain confidence and consolidate their learning so far, in more open ended and independent projects. They produce more demanding items that they have designed for specific target groups and functions. During this year, they can choose their GCSE D&T option.

Click here for a detailed curriculum map for Key Stage 3 D&T

 Key Stage 4 

We offer GCSE D&T enabling our students to specialise in either Textiles, Paper & Board (Graphics) or Materials (Product Design

GCSE Graphics example

A second offer is GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition.

Details of the courses offered, the content, method of study and assessment structure can be found in the Key Stage 4 Options booklet.

GCSE Design and Technology: Specification 

GCSE Food: Specification

 Key Stage 5 

Students have the opportunity to explore a range of design options, marketing, business and food based courses, dietetics, nutrition, health careers, product development and retail, by studying one of our A level courses.

Design and Technology - Product Design is on offer alongside Food Science & Nutrition Vocational Certificate and A level Fashion and Textiles.

Our aim is not just to achieve an outstanding exam result, but to prepare our students with the skills, knowledge, creative mindset and design ability, to be successful in higher education and the very exciting opportunities offered in the design industry.

Full details of the courses offered by the Hitchin Schools Sixth Form Consortium are shown in the Consortium Prospectus.

A level Design and Technology - Product Design: Specification  

A level Design and Technology - Fashion and Textiles: Specification

Food Level 3: Specification


Jonathan Williams - Design and Technology, Workshop specialist.

Lorna Terry - Design and Technology, Food and Nutrition specialist and KS3 Graphics teacher.

Jane Hart - Design and Technology, Food and Nutrition specialist and Textiles teacher

Head of Food and Textiles:  Gemma East - Design and Technology, Textiles specialist.

Head of Department: Simon Ferguson - Design and Technology, Workshop and Graphics specialist