Design and Technology

Design Technology and Food and Nutrition are inspiring, rigorous and practical subjects. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products and dishes that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.

Students acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on other subjects such as Mathematics, science, ICT and Art.  They learn to become resourceful, innovative and capable citizens.

High quality Design Technology and Food and Nutrition education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth, health and wellbeing of the nation and through evaluation of products students develop a critical understanding of their impact on daily life and the wider world.


Mr N Brookes (HOD, Product Design)

Ms K Moody (Product Design, Art)

Mrs H Zacharia (Food and Nutrition)

Mrs S Miller (Product Design Technician)

Mr J Boughton (Food and Nutrition Technician)



The department has 5 specialist rooms

  • 2 multi material workshops, fully equipped to teach Product Design
  • a state-of-the-art Food Technology kitchen
  • a CAD CAM suite including a laser cutter, three 3D printers and a CNC router to enable boys to design and make industrial quality products
  • a multi-purpose design and engineering room


Key Stage 3

In Years 7-8 Design and Technology is taught in small, mixed form classes of 18–23 students.

Year 7 includes 14 weeks of Food and 21 weeks exploring wood, metals and plastics through Product Design

Year 8 includes 14 weeks each of Food and Product Design and 7 weeks of Graphics.

An example rotation is as follows:



Rotation 1

7 weeks

Rotation 2

7 weeks

Rotation 3

7 weeks

Rotation 4

7 weeks

Rotation 5

7 weeks

Year 7

You are what you eat

A variety of different activities which encourage students to understand why a Healthy Diet is important.


Practising a range of essential and transferable food skills to make

Salads, soup, rice, pasta, flapjacks and rock cakes.


Woodwork and metalwork hand tools and processes are used to produce a fun working toy.





Students use CAD CAM to design and build a tilt maze, and vacuum form high quality casings.

LED Lamp

A colour change LED lamp that explores basic circuit construction and is housed in a free form acrylic animal.

Year 8

The World of Food

A series of student focused activities, challenging students to consider where our foods come from and why we eat what we eat.



Further Cooking

More advanced skills to enable students to make a wide range of multi-cultural dishes including spaghetti Bolognese, risotto, stir fry, macaroni cheese, curry and pizza.


The speakers utilise more advanced circuitry, CAD CAM components, lamination and standard fixings.  The project also covers essential coursework skills such as production planning, quality control and testing.



Speaker Packaging

Graphic Design using Photoshop to create product packaging.

Nets, layouts, advertising and typography are investigated


Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11)

There are two GCSE Design and Technology subjects currently on offer.   Both GCSE options involve a design portfolio and practical outcome which accounts for 50% of their total GCSE. Both are rigorous courses which help to develop relevant life skills including problem solving, creativity and resourcefulness.

AQA GCSE Food and Nutrition

This GCSE specification covers a range of food related skills and knowledge including Cooking and Presentation of Food, Sensory Evaluation, Nutrition, Food Science, New Product Development, Healthy Eating and recent Environmental Issues. 

AQA GCSE Product Design

This course encourages a practical approach to problem solving, following a series of set briefs, and allows students to design and make products with creativity and originality. They will experience a variety of practical disciplines and use a range of materials and techniques. It aims to equip pupils to design and produce products with broad consumer appeal and real market feasibility.  

Key Stage 5

AQA Design Technology: Product Design AS and A2

The AQA Product Design course encourages students to work with an external client to develop a solution to a real world problem, chosen with a focus on university courses.  Students from both Watford Boys and Watford Girls produce a design portfolio and practical outcome which accounts for 50% of their total grade. Two examination papers at the end of the course account for the other 50% of the final grade.

The department has an enviable record of past students now leading their field in Architecture, Interior design, Furniture Making, Engineering and Transport Design.


Extra-Curricular Activities

These change throughout the year according to needs and requests from students but we currently run

  • Product Design Society
  • After school Year 8 Baking Clubs
  • Masterclasses for parents – run through the Friends of the School


The department organises annual KS4 visits to explore relevant exhibitions or places of interest. Sixth form students regularly visit New Designers at the BDC in Islington.