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Nottingham Girls' Academy


Mrs R Harding – Teacher in charge and Food Technology teacher

Mrs H Napleton - KS4 Fashion and Textiles

Mr A Traylor - Resistant Materials, Graphics and Photography

Miss C Radford - Food Technology and Textiles  

Mr N Lawrence - Resistant Materials  

At the Nottingham Girls' Academy the Design and Technology department offers a broad range of subjects at all key stages. In design and technology pupils 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 the quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team. 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.

At KS3, pupils have one double lesson a week in Design and Technology. Ideally they study each material area and rotate each term.


The courses in years 7 and 8 are based around the ‘Licence to Cook’ programme. Year 7 focuses on basic skills and the products the pupils make include pastry, scones, muffins, crumbles and Swiss roll. Year 8 introduces pupils to family meals using ingredients like meat, bread (pizza) and staple foods such as rice, pasta and potatoes. Year 9 recipes are based around healthy eating guidelines and the girls are encouraged to show creativity by developing their own recipes and ideas.                                                                                                                          

At KS4 we offer the WJEC GCSE in Hospitality Catering. From September 2013 we offer the Catering GCSE over two years and the Hospitality GCSE will be taught as a short course in year 11, both culminating in an end of year examination. The weighting for both courses is 60% coursework and 40% examination.     

We also offer extra-curricular activities over the year including catch-up clubs for KS4, Let’s Get Cooking club, MasterChef pupil/teacher internal competition and we take part in the national FutureChef competition. 


Studying Textiles gives pupils the opportunity to create products using hand and machine sewing skills and show creativity using a variety of decorative techniques. In year 7, pupils develop research skills and use recycled products in order to design and make a pencil case. In year 8 they focus on research skills and designing to make a mood board to focus design ideas to design and make a cushion cover. In year 9 they work in teams to develop products to be sold at craft fairs. At KS4 and kS5 we offer a BTEC in Fashion.

Resistant Materials

Studying Resistant materials gives student the opportunity to design and make products using wood, metal and plastic. Pupils work through the design and make process in order to create quality and purposeful products. In year 7, pupils develop practical skills to make a wooden gift box.  In year 8, pupils use wood and acrylic to design and make a stand to hold a test tube vase. In year 9, pupils use acrylic and aluminum to design and make a wind chime. From September 2013 we are delivering the AQA GCSE in Resistant Materials and an AS/A2 level in Photography.