Practical & Design


Our aim is to provide a creative environment where students can develop into independent learners, preparing them for either further education or practical work in the wider world.

The faculty has been combined to accommodate all the practically based subjects and to share experiences and broaden knowledge across the curriculum. Our facilities include designated woodwork and metalwork rooms, two specialists catering facilities, a Sports Hall, gymnasium, Astroturf for multi-sport use, traditional courts and a large playing field. These facilities and subject specific staff we are dedicated to raising the achievement of all students.

Teaching Staff

Art: Graham Hutchinson
Hospitality and Catering: Mrs Reid
Resistant Materials Technology: Mr Shieber-Smith
PE: Miss Kelly
PE: Mr Martin
PE: Mr Petrie – Faculty Leader
PE: Mr Bray – Apprentice

The Curriculum

The focus of the key stage 3 curriculum is a combination of practical and theory content designed to allow the students to creatively explore a full range of techniques and skills which will either set up their Key Stage 4 option or to be used further to their school life. We aim to equip the students with interpersonal skills such as independence, leadership attributes and communication skills every lesson, which will develop students for their future within education both at Armthorpe Academy and further.

GCSE-Graphic Communication (Art and Design) (AQA)

The Graphic Design course is concerned with producing images and arranging written and visual information for print. Students learn to experiment with image-making and using images with text. Typography, illustration, packaging and printmaking are taught and used in combination. Drawing from first hand sources is an important element of the course, as is the design process, charted through work books. Students will also have the opportunity to explore their own photography and use software such as Adobe Photoshop.

GCSE- Textiles (AQA)

The textiles course assesses students through coursework and practical work. For the theory the students are required to research, design and evaluate a product which they have produced for the open market. The students have the opportunity to use their creativity to choose their own piece, which they will produce using a variety of techniques; including a class set of sowing machines. The will produce their deigned and research product using textiles, then they are required to write up an evaluation of the process and the end product.

GCSE- Catering/ Food and Nutrition (WJEC)

This course requires a combination of practically based coursework designed to stretch and challenge the students with their techniques within cooking and baking. The theory which underpins this requires to students to assess the foods nutrition values and to design a menu, which meets their specification which they will make for their practical exam. The theory exam for this course assesses a blend of knowledge about different food groups and difference catering techniques.

GCSE-Design Technology (Edexcel)

This is a blend of coursework, both practical and theory, and a terminal exam. The coursework requires the students to research, design, and market their product for the world today. Then then must make the product with resistant materials suited to their specification. Students have the opportunity to use their own creativity in establishing their product, with the support of staff to produce it.

GCSE-Physical Education (Edexcel)

In the Physical Education course the students are assessed in three ways; Practical Sport, Coursework and an Exam. The practical sport is a combination of team and individual sports which are assessed by the exam board through external moderation. The students have flexibility in choosing convention sport taught through KS3 and KS4 games, as well as many sports which students compete in external to school. The coursework requires the students to assess their own strengths and weakness and producing either a written piece, a presentation or can verbally answer questions. The exam tests a range of subjects around Physical Education; Anatomy and Physiology, Sociology of Sport, Psychology of Sport and what constitutes a Healthy Active Lifestyle.

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