Design & Technology

Robert Phelps
AOLE Lead For Science, Technology & ICT / Team Leader For Design & Technology
Sara Williams
Leader For Nutrition, Health & Social Care / Technology Teacher
Sarah Sutor
Design & Technology Teacher
Hazel Deeming
Design & Technology Teacher
Sarah Morgan
Design & Technology Teacher
Paul Davies
Design & Technology Teacher
Mr Gareth Pope
Deputy Headteacher / Design & Technology Teacher
Mrs Justine James
Assistant Headteacher / Design & Technology Teacher
Damian Smith
Assistant Technician
Gaynor Wilyeo
Assistant Technician

Subjects Offered: 

At GCSE We Offer:


  • D&T GCSE Textiles

  • D&T GCSE Graphic Products

  • BTEC Engineering (Double award)

  • GCSE Hospitality & Catering (Double award)

  • GCSE Child Development

  • Level 1 Child Care

  • Level 2 Child Care

At KS5 We Offer:

  • A Level Product Design

  • A Level Health & Social Care

Subject Overview:

Design and Technology at KS3 is delivered to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum. We offer our students at KS3 a broad and diverse range of experiences across all material areas. We encourage creative design and help them to develop a sound subject knowledge to enable them to confidently embark onto our GCSE courses.  Our students have lots of practical experiences in D&T including cooking in our state of the art food rooms, Graphic Design and Resistant Materials in our fully equipped workshops and Textiles in our purpose built textiles workroom.

The D&T team at Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen has a shared vision for the department, which is in creating an exciting and vibrant learning environment for the students, that embraces new technologies, but retains the best of traditional practices to underpin students’ knowledge and skills.  All team members feel valued and we work together to build a department that provides a quality D&T education within a vibrant and dynamic learning environment; as well as a holistic approach to teaching and learning.

We offer our learners an exciting and challenging experience across the whole department where they can develop the essential life skills and knowledge and understanding they need to enter the competitive world of higher education and work!   

We have high expectations of behaviour and will not allow any learner to disrupt the learning of others.  More able and talented learners are identified early and are challenged and supported to reach their potential.  We have regular after school sessions Monday to Thursday to allow our GCSE and A level learners to catch up with coursework, have extra support or simply get advice on how to improve their work. 

The expectation of the D&T team is that we collaboratively offer our learners a first class experience in their D&T lessons.  

We strive to create a vibrant and exciting learning environment where the learners can develop skills through enjoyment of the D&T subjects.  We support each other to share good practice and develop innovative teaching methods to enable us to challenge and engage our learners.