Design technology and Art are extremely successful and popular option subjects at Broughton Hall. Student numbers at KS4 are excellent, The department current delivers GCSE qualifications in Textiles technology, Product design, Food and nutrition, Art & design and Photography. In addition a BTEC Level 1 / 2 course in art and design is run for a small focused group of students.

Progression to A Level is good. GCE Product Design 3D & Textiles consistently secure upwards of 40 students. Art A level has been reintroduced for September 2016 and Photography A level continues to be popular KS5 option.

Our aims are to provide opportunities for pupils to:

To experience a range of different materials areas.

To strive for successful outcomes

Be creative and develop thinking skills

Work independently and develop self esteem

To develop attitudes of curiosity, enquiry, initiative, ingenuity and resourcefulness

We have high expectations of all our students and lead by example. We deliver Design Technology/Art with a consistent and coordinated approach.

The department is very well resourced, equipment has been purchased to ensure pupils are working with state of the art resources, particularly in the area of CAD CAM and e learning. A laser cutter is used in conjunction with 2D design software to allow students, at all key stages, to use computer aided design and manufacture when they design products. The textiles department is well resourced with CAD CAM embroidery machines and over-lockers. All rooms have an interactive Promethean board, a computer for the teacher and a bank of computers for pupil use, including Apple Mac computers. Department staff are issued with i-pads to support assessment & learning.

All GCSE & GCE design & technology subject coursework is produced and submitted in an e portfolio format. The department uses online resources, accessed via the VLE to support all courses.

Design Technology and Art
Years 7, Year 8 and Year 9 student's access design technology and art subjects via a carousel format, 2 periods each week, enabling all subject areas, food, textiles, resistant materials and art to be taught during the year. Electronics is added to the carousel in y8. Pupils gain an understanding of the design process and develop a range of making skills appropriate to the material area and in addition ICT skills.

Art & design technology are popular subjects at KS4. Courses have been selected to support the range of student needs. In Art and photography the AQA GCSE syllabus is followed and the department also delivers a BTEC Level 1 / 2 Award in Art and Design.

In design & technology subjects the AQA GCSE syllabus is followed in Textile Technology and Product design and the WJEC GCSE syllabus is followed in Food and Nutrition.

At A Level the department offers a range of courses. The AQA A level syllabus is followed in Product Design 3D, Product Design Textiles Technology and Art and design and Photography. Students consistently progress from A Level Art & Design Technology courses to Product Design, Fashion & Textiles and Textiles Technology degree courses or enrol on an art foundation course.

All staff organise and deliver lunch time and after school sessions. The department organises a variety of trips to museums and art galleries for GCSE & A Level students, for example, the Museum of Costume, the Liverpool World Museum and the Stockport Hat Museum. The department also organises an annual trip to the Clothes Show Live.

The department has a STEM club and has developed links with local industry, including Jaguar Halewood and Unilever and the department regularly submits entries to both local and national design competitions.


The Design and Technology and Art team consists of 10 teaching staff supported by three technicians. All staff are very supportive and enjoy working together.

All staff contribute to the planning of courses and the writing of schemes of work. We aim to use our enthusiasm to motivate students and high expectations lead to success at all levels.

"The Art & Design Technology department was inspected during our last Ofsted visit. The report highlighted the department in a number of ways identifying that the student's progress and attainment in technology continues to be outstanding. In a KS3 food lesson judged as outstanding, the report remarks that students are fully engaged in the activities and the pace of learning is rapid. All observed lessons were Good or Outstanding and the report highlighted that the leadership and management of the technology specialisms are strong." - Ofsted November 2013