D&T – Resistant Materials

Subject Overview

The subject makes an important contribution towards the students’ preparation for living in a contemporary, changing and multi-cultural society.

We further the work undertaken in junior schools in the area of design and technology specializing in Resistant Materials. This is at present compulsory at Key Stage 3 and optional at other stages.

We give a short introduction to the main materials used, including use of wood, metal and plastics. We are trying to give students an understanding of the manufactured world and introduce the design process.


We offer a range of enrichment activities to support learning in Design and Technology. These activities include:

  • After school catch up sessions
  • KS3 Resistant Materials Club (Monday and Wednesday)


The DT area is traditional and well equipped. We are particularly proud of our laser cutting machine. This piece of machinery is available to students but they need to acquire the software skills which we provide.