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The Department

A team of eight specialist staff, supported by two technicians, teaches technology at North Kesteven School. Over recent years the department has built an enviable reputation with our students achieving outstanding grades in a wide range of GCSE, BTEC and AS/AS2 subjects. The technology department offers a unique environment in which students of all abilities can reach their full potential while being supported by a team of enthusiastic staff. Creativity is actively encouraged through projects that enable skills learned in all other subjects to be used and reinforced. . At KS3 staff teach across most of the subject areas, at GCSE and AS/A2 students are taught by specialist staff.

The Teaching

Students are taught in mixed ability groups in Year 7, in Year 8 more able students are moved into separate sets, in Year 9 two Gifted and Talented groups work on an alternative curriculum while the remainder opt for their preferred areas of technology in preparation for GCSE or BTEC studies in Y10. All students study Food, Graphics, Electronics and Resistant Materials at Key Stage 3.

At KS4 students are able to choose one or two subjects from: GCSEs in Food, Graphics, Electronics and Resistant Materials or Level 2 BTECs in Engineering or Construction.

At KS5 students can choose from GCE AS/A2 Product Design (Resistant Materials or Graphic Products) or Textiles. Level 3 BTEC courses in Engineering and Hospitality & Catering are also available. BTEC courses at Level 3 are backed up with complimentary AS/A2 courses in Maths and Science for students planning to study Engineering, Food or Nutrition at university

The Resources

Technology is taught in ten dedicated rooms; four workshops, one graphics room, two food rooms, two textiles rooms and two ICT suites. The department is extremely well provisioned with facilities for work with wood, metal plastic, electronics, graphic materials, food and textiles. ICT is used extensively throughout the curriculum. Computer Aided Design (CAD) are taught through the use of ProDesktop, 2D Design Tools. Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM )is used throughout the curriculum to develop students skills and understanding. Students have opportunities to work with the full range of tools, materials and processes at KS3, developing these into their specialist areas at KS4 and AS2.

The Staff

Mrs N Bensaih (Senior Technician)
Mr D Burke
Mr J Coster
Ms L Pittman
Mrs K Allen
Mr P Smith (Head of Dept)
Mrs Smith (Technician in Food Technology)