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Art, Design & Technology

The Design Department at TMBS prides itself on Inclusion; giving all students an equal chance to excel at something other than their core subjects, and skill, focussing on traditional methods of hands-on craftsmanship.

We like to give the students the opportunity to explore their ideas and encourage them to learn by their mistakes.

The department is split into three strands which students will experience on an eight - week rotation over the three school terms:

Resistant Materials

Here the emphasis is on teaching traditional, hands-on methods of woodworking and plastics, using the appropriate tools and machinery to produce high quality work that students can take home and be proud of.  As well as producing a product, students will develop their subject knowledge of wood, metal and plastics in industrial settings, together with folder work relating to their ideas and products. In Year 7 students design and produce a bird box out of pine, using a tenon saw, belt sander, cordless drill and pillar drill.  In Year 8 they produce a wooden spinner with a focus on ergonomics and anthropometrics. In Year 9 they try out wood joints and shaping plastics to develop their own storage unit.  

Click here to view the Resistant Materials Curriculum Overview and Intent

Food Technology

In food technology students choose a variety of healthy ingredients and experiment with them to create exciting recipes, we focus on health and safety, nutrition and many cross curricular links with other subjects, altering and evaluating methods, techniques and recipes going on to enjoy these in class or taking home to share.

Click here to view the Food Curriculum Overview and Intent

Product Design and Graphics

Students are led through the design process with an emphasis on quality graphic design to produce an end product, this time incorporating textiles in year 7, and resistant materials with a bit of electronics in year 8. Year 9s focus on advanced Graphics, using Photoshop to produce a high quality 2D portfolio of their work. 

As you can see there are many links within the Design strands, which help staff work together as a team and students benefit from transferrable skills across the curriculum.

Our department Technician > provides invaluable support to our staff and students and ensures everything runs smoothly on a daily basis. Her background in Arts and Crafts helps us keep our curriculum exciting and up-to-date and her ability to gather resources and find interesting courses and training makes for a fun and inspiring environment.

The Design department has a strong Health and Safety policy in place, and requires responsibility and mutual respect from both staff and students to ensure a safe and enjoyable working environment for all. Procedures are in place if students disregard this policy and those who are deemed untrustworthy will be removed from the workshop to protect themselves and others, and parents will be informed. 

DT Contribution Letter 

Click here to view the Graphics Curriculum Overview and Intent

Click here to view the Art Curriculum Overview and Intent

Click here to view the Textiles Curriculum Overview and Intent



At lunchtimes students can benefit from:

  • Trash Fash (Led by Miss Hartland and Mrs Jones, only over the autumn and winter term).
  • Gifted and talented one-off cooking challenges.
  • Catch up sessions towards the end of the rotation.

Students also benefit from enrichment days such as Willow Weaving, Paper craft workshops, The Design Show at De Montfort University, LEGO engineering workshops and other Design related learning experiences.    

KS4 Food Preparation & Nutrition

During Year 10 students will develop knowledge and understanding of the course through both theoretical and practical lessons. Students will develop a wide range of skills as well as developing a greater understanding of nutrition, the science behind food and wider social and environmental issues associated with food. All assessment will take place in Year 11.

KS4 Graphic Communication

Graphic communication is a creative area that uses words and visual images to convey ideas and information. Visual communication of this nature features in many different sectors of graphics including advertising, publishing, signage, packaging, corporate identity, branding and new media.

KS4 Resistant Materials

Building on the skills and knowledge you have gained from work done in KS3, you will study in greater depth the ways in which resistant materials can be used in the designing and making of quality goods. A wide range of practical work will be undertaken to expand your understanding and to improve your creative problem solving skills.

KS4 Textiles

GCSE Textiles at TMBS is delivered from an Art & Design angle rather than D&T. The emphasis is placed on creative experimentation rather than prescribed technical application. Students applying for GCSE Textiles would ideally be creative, patient, enthusiastic and have a passion for sewing and making.

KS4 Art

The Art & Design course is a very hands-on course that students who have a flair for art will find interesting and engaging. The course will involve students producing a range of art work that will be assessed within two units.