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Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is around us in our everyday lives. We take for granted that the technology is reliable and what it is telling us is truthful. We need to know about how to use it effectively so that we can gain some benefit from it.

At Sponne, ICT learning is available to all our students throughout the entire school. Although it is compulsory at KS3 and 4 (Years 7-11), it is a popular option in our sixth form. The faculty prepares all students for their KS3 SATs at KS3 and for GCSE IT at KS4. Some students chose to specialise in ICT more at GCSE and take Applied ICT. In the sixth form, students can take AS and A level ICT and some take the double award as well – we are one of only a small number of schools who can do this.

Students take their ICT learning seriously and this is demonstrated in the high examination results that are achieved. We aim to prepare students for adult life with the ICT skills they will require in their everyday lives as well as in the workplace in this ever-changing world in which we live.

We offer teaching that is matched to individual student’s ability and prior knowledge and support this with regular practical activities. Students make use of the numerous lunchtime and after school enhancement ICT sessions that are available.


Design Technology

In Years 7, 8 students follow a rotation system of study in Design & Technology. They will spend approximately 18 lessons on each project and during these lessons they cover knowledge of materials, processes, tools and equipment specific to that material area and they also develop research, design and evaluative skills.

Programme of Study:

All students in Year 7 and 8 (KS3)- experience a design and make projects in Food, Textiles and Product Design (including wood/metal/plastic/Electronics/computer aided design and manufacture).

GCSE (KS4)- Students have the chance to opt for a GCSE subject in Design and Technology and/or Food Preparation and Nutrition.

A’Level (KS5)- Students have the chance to opt for an A’Level subject in Design and Technology (Product Design) and/or Level 3 qualification in Food Science and Nutrition.


Assessment is completed by teacher assessment of folder work, practical outcomes, homework and formal assessments. In KS3 and KS4 each student achieves a grade ranging from Foundation to 9. The grade descriptors are shared with the students and displayed on the teaching room walls and in their folders for reference. Students are set targets after each project rotation to inform them how to improve their progress. Students will have their end of project levels and progress made, sent home.

In the Design and Technology Department we are aware that students enjoy the element of problem solving, being creative in the development of their individual projects and the practical aspect of making what they have designed. In addition to their classroom experience of technology we run events and competitions during the year. These include:

Rotary Young Chef of the Year for Year 10 Food
Rotary Design Competition for Years 11, 12 and 13
Design and Technology Club
A level trip to inspired by design in London
Year 9 trip to design museum

Facilities of the Department:

We are very fortunate to have a wide range of facilities housed in a purpose built block of teaching rooms and workshops.

Equipment includes:

Interactive whiteboards and projectors
3 x ICT suites
3D printer
Laser cutter
CNC Microrouter
CNC Milling machine
Vinyl cutter sticker machine
Laser imaging transfer system
3 x Computerised sewing machines
Industrial Blast Chilling Facility
Range of power tools for use in workshops.
2D Cad program Techsoft 2D
3D Cad Program Fusion 360
Nutrition Program Online
Specialist Computer Software - circuit wizard
Specialist PCB manufacturing including rota wash facilities