Head of Design & Technology: Katherine Cropley (k.cropley@swr.gloucs.sch.uk)

Our intent:

The Design Technology and Food Preparation & Nutrition Curriculum at Sir William Romney’s School aims to provide all students, no matter their background or starting point, the opportunity to learn new skills in a variety of ways. In this way, our hope is to broaden our student’s horizons and to help them to see and reach their true potential. All students have equal opportunity to study all aspects of Design Technology and Food Preparation & Nutrition throughout their time at Sir William Romney’s. The skills learned by our students will enable them to access a wide range of Post 16 courses or careers in many different sectors. Our aim is to make the routes to these opportunities clear and achievable. As well as this, we strive to develop a range of personal and life skills such as teamwork, problem solving and creativity that will enable our students to become confident, independent, and valuable members of society.

Extra- Curricular Activities:

  • Weekly lunchtime diner club in the Food Preparation & nutrition room (invite only)
  • KS3 workshop lunchtime club running on a weekly basis
  • Weekly afterschool Y11 GCSE Design Technology and Food Preparation & Nutrition coursework club
  • Y11 GCSE afterschool revision sessions

The Big Picture


Students are delivered 1 hour of Design Technology or Food Preparation & Nutrition per week with homework’s set at various points throughout each term. Students rotate three times during the academic year to undertake a new project.

The Design & Technology department aims to deliver a rich and broad KS3 curriculum by:

  • Allowing students to learn in a variety of ways
  • Broadens student’s horizons to help them see their potential
  • Delivering a broad and ambitious curriculum from the start of KS3
  • Making the links to the world of work obvious and achievable
  • Allowing students to develop a range of life skills as well as academic skills
  • Providing a clear focus and importance on literacy and numeracy in Design Technology
  • Encouraging students to think outside of their comfort zone to develop creative designs
  • Introduces new technologies for a modern age
Unit Y7
1 Product Design- Muddle Puzzle
2 Graphics- Top Trumps
3 Food Preparation & Nutrition- Introduction to food
Unit Y8
1 Product Design- Jewellery Project
2 Graphics- Superheroes Movie Promotion
3 Food Preparation & Nutrition- Healthy Eating
Unit Y9
1 Product Design- World Clock Project
2 Graphics- Event Promotion
3 Food Preparation & Nutrition- Healthy Eating


Students are delivered 5 hours of their chosen option every 2 weeks:

Design Technology (Graphics or Product Design) 

-Eduqas exam board

– 50% Coursework/ 50% exam (2hours)

Food Preparation & Nutrition 

-Eduqas exam board

– 50% coursework (comprising of 2 separate tasks) & 50% exam (1 hour 45 minutes)

Term 1 Term  2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 5
Year 10 DT Product Pallet Challenge Project Chocolate Bar Project Jewellery Project LED Night Light Project LED Night Light Project NEA Introduction
Year 10 DT Graphics Chocolate Bar Project USB Project Designer Pop Up Card Charity Money Box Project Charity Money Box


NEA Introduction
Term 1-Term 4 Term 5
Year 11 DT (Product & Graphics) NEA Coursework & Theory- Revision
Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Unit 6
Year 10 FP&N Fruit & vegetables. Dairy products. Meat, fish & eggs. Meat, fish & eggs. Cereals. Sugar, fats & oils.
Year 11FP&N Introduction to coursework (NEA)

NEA task 1 (15%)

NEA task 1 trials

Task 1 food exam.

NEA task 2 (35%)

Multicultural cuisine

NEA task 2 trials

Task 2 food exam.