Design Technology

Attainment in the specialist subjects is high.” (OFSTED July 2011)

The centre clearly has high expectations of their candidates who responded with creativity and enthusiasm.” AQA moderator feedback, September 2011.

At Trinity we encourage students to realise that Design’s true purpose is to improve people’s lives. We encourage creativity and ask students to observe and reflect upon the needs of the world and to apply their knowledge to design and make products that make a positive difference to the world around them.

We aim to support the development of student’s designs and making skills, recognising the value of each individual’s ideas, working together safely to develop practical skills and celebrating the achievements of each student.
Our students take an active and creative role in using new technologies and materials, understanding the technological world around them and making a positive contribution to innovation and the well being of others.

We offer GCSE courses in Product Design, Food Technology, Fashion and Textiles. Students have the option to specialise in one or more of these areas at GCSE and continue studies in Fashion and Product design through to A level.

The department is equipped with an extensive range of computer aided design and manufacture facilities which allow students to gain experience of the latest manufacturing technology as well as traditional hand crafts. Woodturning, hand embroidery and drawing skills are taught alongside computer aided design, computer controlled embroidery, laser cutting and manufacture.

In all years we encourage students to explore a wide range of materials as well as to develop a personal response to design and understanding of the role design plays in society. Students find studies within the department rewarding and value the support they receive.

As a department we also provide online support for students, news of events and relevant design information and sites. This is available at

Fashion and Textiles is taught passionately and creatively at Trinity. In KS3, boys and girls are taught how to get to grips with the sewing machine, and
undergo a number of fun projects that incorporate hand sewing, machine sewing and decoration techniques. Fashion and textiles are not the only aspects of DT in KS3: you will also have the opportunity to try out product design, woodwork and food technology. This system gives you an introduction to all of the DT subjects, and allows you to make an informed
decision on what specific area you might want to take on to GCSE and beyond. DT at higher levels is all about you, with the department helping you find your own unique twist in design and construction.

Sophie – Year 13