Creative design faculty

Head of Faculty: Ms V Woodrow.
Vision: Discover, Create, Succeed.


Through discovery and experimentation we are able to inspire students to express their creativity. Students learn to work independently and with resilience to gain skills for life as well as skills for the world of work.

The Creative student has a fascination with the world around them, wanting to be part of researching, recording, designing and influencing it. In turn they become well rounded individuals with a broad knowledge and appreciation of design and manufacture in the modern world.

Key Stage 3

We seek to develop students’ creativity and talent with ability to make purposeful products. The close links and clear progression to further study and, ultimately, career options will be embedded in our teaching.

Progression to GCSE Food Technology, Catering, Engineering and Art

Art: Students will explore a range of observational, technical and creative skills to produce a variety of outcomes from selected themes. This will include both art and textile techniques such as ceramics, printmaking, weaving and making. Students will broaden their knowledge of cultural and contemporary art by studying inspirational artists and designers.

Our vision: discover, create, succeed.

Design and Technology: Students will develop practical skills through the designing and making of products across a range of materials including metals, woods and plastics. Students will also acquire skills using a range of tools and equipment with the opportunity to become a ‘workshop leader’. Designing and making tasks include the use of CAD (Computer Aided Design) and CAM (Computer Aided Manufacture) where independent use is promoted to inspire confidence and risk taking in a safe manner. Students are actively encouraged to embed academy-wide learning into their Design and Technology lessons in order to develop their literacy, numeracy, communication and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) skills.

Food Preparation and Nutrition: Students will develop practical skills through the design and making of healthy and special occasion meals, snacks and other food products. Their knowledge of food ingredients, their functions and nutrition will enable them to work competently in a kitchen environment, be able to feed themselves and others well with a good understanding of the nutrition of different life stages and cultural influences.

Key Stage 4

Having opted for the subject as a result of success at KS3 we seek to nurture and further develop the skills necessary to be successful at a higher level with more refined responses to the challenges set within lessons and to be able to take the subjects further.

Progression to A level or other Level 3 courses for all subjects studies

At KS4 there is generally 60% coursework producing a portfolio in Art or project of product development in Engineering or Food Technology including evidence of a high proportion of practical skills.

GCSE Food Technology (Soon to be Food Preparation and Nutrition): Students will further develop their practical skills to develop and refine innovative and purposeful products suitable for commercial production. Students’ knowledge of how ingredients work, their nutrition and how to put them together to make successful products will develop to a high standard.

GCSE Art: Students will develop ideas through the work of art by demonstrating cultural, written and visual responses. Experimentation and creative selection of materials and resources will help students refine and record their ideas, and to produce personal and meaningful responses to achieve their outcomes.

GCSE Engineering: Students will study three units: Engineering Design and Graphical Communication; Engineered Products; Application of Technology in Engineering and Manufacturing This qualification has immediate relevance to today’s industrial and commercial needs and can be seen as the right qualification for those seeking employment in the exciting and diverse subject of engineering. You can further progress in the 6th Form where you can choose to study A Level Product Design or at College on a suitable Level 3 Engineering course.

Key Stage 5

A level courses currently include: Art & Design and Design Technology. See our sixth form pages for more information.


Across the key stages, there are numerous extra-curricular opportunities including: Clubs (Food, STEM), Trips (Jimmy’s Farm, Suffolk Food Hall, Cadbury World, Gainsborough House, Hollowtrees Farm), membership of the Faculty Council, ‘Artist in Residence’

 Academically Most Able Provision in the  Creative Design Faculty

The Creative Design faculty provides various opportunities for its students that we recognise as Academically Most Able, to stretch and challenge themselves within and outside the classroom environment.

Within Art and Textiles, students are given the opportunity to enter exams earlier than other students and obtain their AS and A2 qualifications earlier than their peers. Art also offers numerous trips to Art galleries throughout the year. These trips are aimed particularly at Academically Most Able students. An afterschool Art club is also available for students wishing to improve the quality of their work and stretch their ability. Academically Most Able students are also encouraged to enter prestigious local and national Art Competitions.

Food Technology supplies Academically Most Able students with extra reading and tuition to enable students to have a scientific awareness of the complexity of the ingredients used within food preparation. Academically Most Able students are also encouraged to enter national and local cooking competitions, gaining support and guidance from their teacher.

Design and Technology offers Academically Most Able students occasions to improve the quality of their work at lunchtimes and after-school and work on more time consuming tasks that will benefit their grades in the future.