Head of Department
Mr J Ford

KS4 Specification - AQA

Our aim is to produce young designers who are skilled and ready to take their place in an ever-changing technology-driven society. We strive to create a distinctive and dynamic partnership between students and staff in the department through our level of care, concern and professionalism.

To achieve our aims, we ensure:

  • We don’t teach students or children, we teach young designers
  • Creativity and problem solving are at the heart of everything that we do
  • Our curriculum allows students to become more resilient, well rounded, independent, open minded and confident
  • Our curriculum adapts to meet changes to style, trend and technology whilst providing exciting and enjoyable experiences.

At Key Stage 3, students study Design and Technology for two lessons a week and rotate between the different subject areas: Product Design, Textiles Technology and Food & Health Eating. We offer GCSE courses in: Product Design, Food and Nutrition and Textiles. We also offer A-levels in Product Design, Textiles Technology and Food Science and Nutrition.

The Design and Technology department is housed in a purpose built building consisting of six specialist subject rooms. The building has two industrial kitchens, two Product Design workshops and one Textiles suite. We are delighted to have recently opened a fantastic new CAD/CAM/ICT suite complete with 3D Printing and Laser cutting facilities, which is providing cutting-edge technology to offer students industry-standard experiences.

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examination results

48%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-7

78%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-6

95%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-4

What we've been up to...

03Jun '20

Joyful June - Day 3: Think of three things you are grateful for and write them down. #JoyfulJune #Wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/R4mlAZNMFa

02Jun '20

It is important that we all stay safe online. Please ensure you follow published guidance to protect yourself. #internetsafety #wellbeing @WestKirbyGS twitter.com/CEOPUK/status/…

02Jun '20

Music can be great to keep you focussed or to help you relax. #music #relaxation #Wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/4ZWKppDGhD

02Jun '20

Each new day is a step closer to our school community being back together. @westkirbygs #positivity #BeKind https://t.co/teiuQ6sCP8

02Jun '20

Be honest. Be kind. Be respectful. #PrideMonth2020 #Wellbeing https://t.co/ZfD4CNBk98

02Jun '20

Joyful June - Day 2: Reframe a worry and try to find a positive way to respond 🌈 #JoyfulJune #Wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/sRHYY7xxd1

01Jun '20

▶️WKGS IT Issues◀️ Our IT services should all be back in operation now. We apologise for any inconvenience to the start of your week. #WKGSCommunity💙

01Jun '20

Great message about mental health from these young people. If you are struggling and feel you need to talk then please seek support from a trusted adult. #wellbeing #mentalhealth @WestKirbyGS twitter.com/BGT/status/126…

01Jun '20

@wkgs.wellbeing June is here! This month is full of things to make your month joyful, even in these difficult times. #joyfuljune #wellbeing #wkgscommunity💙

01Jun '20

▶️IT Issues◀️ Please accept our apologies but we are experiencing IT issues with our Intranet & Phones. Our IT team is currently working on it. Students can try to log on to Google Classroom via this link & enter their school email address & password (1/2) edu.google.com/products/class…

01Jun '20

Welcome back all our students to another half term of #OnlineLearning via #GoogleClassroom. It’s Week 🅰️ & this weeks @WKGS_Wellbeing day is on Wednesday. #WKGSCommunity #LearningOutsideTheClassroom #StaySafe #WeMissYou 💙💛 https://t.co/wJRSqv5jkP

31May '20

Meaningful May - Day 31: Take some time out of your routine today to relax. #wellbeing

31May '20

The @NHSuk have published a new article on how to support a young person who is struggling with their mental health. Here you can find practical advice on what to do if you’re worried about your child and where you can turn to for support. @WestKirbyGS england.nhs.uk/blog/advice-fo…

30May '20

Meaningful May - Day 30: Look up at the sky and remember we are all part of something bigger. #Wellbeing #MeaningfulMay @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/ia5XcZ2IkK

29May '20

Meaningful May - Day 29: Find three good reasons to be hopeful about the future. #Wellbeing #hope #MeaningfulMay