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Design & Technology

Hazel Deeming
Design & Technology Team Leader

AOLE - Science / Technology / ICT

Sarah Thomas
Design & Technology Teacher

AOLE - Science / Technology / ICT

Paul Davies
Temporary MLD Co-ordinator / Design & Technology Teacher

AOLE - Science / Technology / ICT

Sara Williams
Temporary Pastoral Lead, Health & Social Care / Technology Teacher

AOLE - Health & Wellbeing

Abbey Williams
Temporary Lead For Food / Nutrition, Health & Social Care / Technology Teacher

AOLE - Health & Wellbeing

Mr Gareth Pope
Deputy Headteacher / Design & Technology Teacher

AOLE - Science / Technology / ICT

Mrs Justine James
Assistant Headteacher / Design & Technology Teacher

AOLE - Science / Technology / ICT

Damian Smith
Assistant Technician
Gaynor Wilyeo
Assistant Technician

Subjects Offered: 

At GCSE We Offer:

  • GCSE Design & Technology Product Design

  • LEVEL 2 Practical Engineering diploma
  • GCSE Hospitality & Catering (Double award)

  • GCSE Health and Social Care and 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.