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The Bishop of Hereford's Bluecoat School

A Church of England School

Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject.  Using creativity and imagination, students design and make a range of products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others' needs, wants and values.  Students are encouraged to embrace failure and success equally, learn from each iteration of their product and challenge themselves with a 'can do' attitude.  They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science and engineering.  Students learn how to be creative, becoming resourceful, innovative and enterprising.  Though the evaluation of past and present technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact and are inspired to design and manufacture innovative solutions.  

The Design & Technology areas are busy, vibrant and popular areas of the school.  Continuing investment has resulted in modern workshops equipped with the latest machinery for design and manufacture.  In addition to graphical and practical skills, students are encouraged to embrace CAD-CAM, including laser technology and 3D Printing. 

The Food Preparation & Nutrition classrooms offer excellent facilities, including state of the art cooking and catering equipment in two dedicated food preparation areas.  Both Food and Design & Technology areas benefit from a full-time dedicated technician to support teaching and learning. 

Students develop a range of skills to enable them to design and make high quality products.  They are encouraged to strive for excellence and are free to be experimental in order to unleash their creative potential. 

Student projects, including supporting folder work and finished products, are of the highest standard.  Research, design/development and critical evaluation are the bedrock of a department which has produced consistently high examination results at GCSE. 

We are constantly updating what we teach, keeping pace with the latest developments in emerging technological materials processes, so schemes of work are regularly reviewed to encompass new technologies.  We aim to teach students to be imaginative and adaptable, to make significant progress in their achievements, and to use technology appropriately and safely.  This involves developing new products, and activities include both designing and making.  Students at BHBS work with a variety of materials, developing a wide range of practical skills, but they are expected to take environmental factors into consideration at all times.