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

58%

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...

20Apr '21

Active April - Day 20: Spend less time sitting today. Get up and move about often. #Wellbeing #ActiveApril @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/zxYh30e8At

19Apr '21

Active April - Day 19: Have a no screens evening tonight and give yourself time to recharge. #Wellbeing #ActiveApril @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/IaHFQSRXkY

18Apr '21

Active April - Day 18: Make time to dance, swim, run, cycle or stretch today. #Wellbeing #ActiveApril @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/EVUcvb9otB

17Apr '21

Active April - Day 17: Go exploring your local area and notice new things. #Wellbeing #ActiveApril @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/R7vpg0NXwr

16Apr '21

Active April - Day 16: Get active today by singing, even if you think you can't sing! . #Wellbeing #ActiveApril @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/0j1Kv17f38

15Apr '21

Silver and Gold participants are currently classed as Direct Entrants due to the lack of qualifying expedition at Bronze/Silver. As soon as they complete the practise, the system will revert to non-direct and timescales will change accordingly @WestKirbyGS #WKGSY11 #WKGSY12

15Apr '21

Active April - Day 15: Relax your body and mind by doing yoga, tai chi or meditation. #Wellbeing #ActiveApril @WestKirbyGS #yoga #meditation https://t.co/JSa8tbKxHF

15Apr '21

Active April - Day 14: Set yourself a challenge or sign up for an activity. #Wellbeing #ActiveApril @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/jkXEm5f2I7

15Apr '21

Perse Coding Competition

Congratulations to our Year 11 students Hannah, Emily and Hadiza who recently represented the school in round 2 of the Perse Coding competition. The team performed superbly, gaining a Certificate of Merit each. Well done!

13Apr '21

At #WKGS6thForm we provide support for your future career choices & further educational goals. That's why we are an OUTSTANDING school for Sixth Form 😃 And there are still some places available!! If you're interested, contact office@wkgs.net #ChooseWKGS6thForm #WKGSCommunity💙 https://t.co/eBx88bE8Sl

13Apr '21

Active April - Day 13: Make sleep a priority and go to bed in good time. #Wellbeing #ActiveApril @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/UZC5cyULEt

12Apr '21

Active April - Day 12: Move as much as possible even if you are stuck inside. #Wellbeing #ActiveApril @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/Uw0LAFHNQv

12Apr '21

Please note, that the deadline for applications for the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh will close on Friday 16th April. Once you have completed the online form, SCOPay will be available once your details have been processed @WestKirbyGS #WKGSY9

11Apr '21

Active April - Day 11: Be active outside. Why not try some gardening. #Wellbeing #ActiveApril @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/o9WIdd9Lqd

10Apr '21

Active April - Day 10: Turn your housework or chores into a fun form of exercise. #Wellbeing #ActiveApril @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/AUDot9cRM9