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Wakefield Girls’ High School

Design Technology

Ethos of the Department

In Design and Technology (Product Design, Food Technology and Textiles) girls 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 quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team.

In Design and Technology at WGHS we aim to work in stimulating contexts that provide a range of opportunities and draw upon the local ethos, community and wider world, to encourage girls to identify needs and opportunities. We encourage girls to respond with ideas, products and systems, and challenge 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 at WGHS, girls develop confidence in using practical skills and become discriminating users of products. They apply their creative thinking and learn to innovate.

Teaching Staff

Mr B Carlin (Head of Department: Product Design)
Mrs E Critch (Head of Department: Textiles)
Mrs S Oldale (Head of Department: Food Technology)
Mrs E Maher
Mrs N Phillips

Departmental Technician
Mr I Soakell

View the 2015 'Design Show' gallery

Key Facts

  • Modern and spacious teaching rooms, design studio and workshops
  • Dedicated ICT suite
  • CAD and CAM facilities (CNC 3D Printer,Router, Laser Cutter and Vinyl Cutter)
  • Trips include: GCSE trip to London, A-Level trip to Paris and visit to the Good Food Show
  • Modern and spacious teaching rooms, design studio and workshops
  • Extra-curricular activities for all year groups such as Product Design Go-Kart club, Food and Textiles clubs