Head of Department
Mr J Ford

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...

01Apr '20

Let's look for positive ways to look after ourselves and each other as we face this crisis together 🌎💞 Use this calendar to find ways to keep calm, stay wise & be kind. @actionhappiness @WestKirbyGS actionforhappiness.org/active-coping-… #ActiveCopingApril https://t.co/tBhtVfU5fQ

27Mar '20

Happy Friday. Have you completed your 5 @thebodycoach sessions this week? Never underestimate the power of exercise to boost your mental wellbeing. #wellbeing #positivity 🙌💪 m.youtube.com/user/thebodyco…

27Mar '20

Good morning everyone! I've posted a link below to Chester Zoo. They are doing a live, virtual tour of the zoo today, starting at 10am. 🐯🦓🦌🐒🦁🐍🐘 https://t.co/GhXwoererG @WestKirbyGS #wellbeing twitter.com/chesterzoo/sta…

27Mar '20

Hi everyone, I hope we’re all doing good and #stayingsafe I’d like you all to welcome @wkgs.wellbeing to Instagram! The page has been set up by our Wellbeing Manager Debbie. The page is for you the students of #WKGS to get information, guidance and support, if and when you need it during these troubled times. Please be sure to follow the page and get in touch with @wkgs.wellbeing if there is anything specific you would like support with! #WKGSCommunity #Wellbeing #WKGSGotThis #BeSafe

27Mar '20

The weather is beautiful today, stay positive folks! #wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/PGD5nDTUaD

26Mar '20

If you love animals you may wish to use this link to access various zoos where you can live stream and watch animals. countryliving.com/uk/wildlife/co…

26Mar '20

Disruption to our normal everyday routines can cause feelings of increased anxiety, worry, and stress. Here are some tips to help manage your stress levels. #HeadsTogether #Wellbeing https://t.co/NdtXNccHgM

25Mar '20

Lunch has become instantly more constructive thanks to Miss Higham’s socially distanced rounders! ⁦@WKGS_PE⁩ https://t.co/b7XUQphI3o

24Mar '20

Another comforting thought twitter.com/WKGS_RS/status…

24Mar '20

Sums up the situation beautifully twitter.com/charliemackesy…

24Mar '20

If you are in need of additional support and guidance with your mental health and wellbeing these sites are full of online resources. #mentalhealth #wellbeing https://t.co/iaC5CAfPwL

24Mar '20

🙃We are all adjusting to a new, rather strange, way of life. This can be a risk to our mental wellbeing. As tempting as it might be to stay in pyjamas all day, regular routines are essential for our identity, self-confidence and purpose: #wellbeing mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus/st…

23Mar '20

▶️Message re buses for students of key workers◀️ A joint message from @WestKirbyGS & @CGGSNews regarding the buses for students of key workers is available to view in full on our Facebook page. facebook.com/30406140686526… @WKGS_6thForm @WKGS_Pastoral

23Mar '20

▶️Examinations Update◀️ #WKGS is now able to provide an update on the government’s current proposals for the awarding of GCSE and A-level grades this summer. To download the letter from the school website, please click on the link below ⬇️ wkgs.org/files/download… @WKGS_6thForm