Design and Technology is an exciting subject where we are continually developing our projects to meet the needs of the real world. Look around you and see the impact that Design and Technology has had on all our lives. From the use of your smartphone, the computer you are reading this on, through to the walls, floors and decoration of the room you are sitting in! Design and Technology has the greatest impact in the real world, and our subject helps you to become an expert in designing and making the future.

Subject team

Mr Tim Hemming
Head of Design & Technology

BSc Education

Former Development Engineer for a pharmaceutical tabletting company. Has worked in education at Loughborough University, South Devon college, Secondary schools and on site training. Has taught in all D&T areas at KS3 and all areas with the exception of Food Tech at KS4 and KS5


Mr Owen Hopkin
Second in Department

PGCE Education

An Engineering background, specialising in many different areas and leading our BTEC courses in Engineering. Owen teaches on secondment, training future teachers in Design and Technology at the University of South Wales as well as teaching at St Julian’s.


Mr Leigh Price
Transition Co-ordinator

PGCE Education

Our Graphics specialist, Leigh teaches and develops our Graphics course and delivers our KS5 Product Design course. Leigh teaches in all areas of KS3 design and technology and also teaches Art. Leigh co-ordinates the whole school programme for entry of students from primary schools as well as the KS4 options routes.


Ms Ann Flynn
Food Co-ordinator

Teaching Degree BTEC External Moderator

Ann Develops exciting and innovative food skills programmes for delivery for KS3, KS4 and KS5. Ann develops close links with our partner businesses, developing our students to become experts in their chosen fields in FE, HE and employment.


Ms Felicity Tibbles
Textiles Specialist

PGCE Education

Our specialist textiles teacher. Felicity has a background in costume design and development. Felicity develops our courses in Textiles for delivery at KS3, KS4 and in Product Design at KS5.


Mr Gareth Powell
Construction Specialist

Our latest courses at St Julian’s are in Construction and in our newly developed facilities Gareth develops and runs innovative and sector led courses in training students to work in the construction sector.

Mr Gareth_Powell

Ms Marie Murray
Textiles Specialist and KS3/4 Teacher

PGCE Education
Marie teaches part time at St. Julian’s delivering lesson in all areas of KS3 and also in Engineering at KS4.



Mr John O’Neill
Technical Support for Workshop & Food Skills

John works with students and teachers, supporting them in the delivery of courses at KS3,4 and 5. John’s background is in specialist carpentry as well as having worked professionally as a chef for companies such as the BBC. John also continues to work as a specialist in carpentry and crafts and brings a wealth of knowledge to the school in his sector.


Ms Christine Daniels

Chris supports all our teaching in KS3 Food and help to ensure that all students at KS3 get an amazing experience in food technology. Chris brings many years of experience in the food industry to our department and offers technical support and guidance to teachers delivering the food programme.



Key Stage 3

In KS3 students remain with the same teacher through years 7 & 8, working in all areas of design and technology. The projects completed at Ks3 are designed to be mixed media, working in woods, metals, plastics, graphics, electronics, textiles and food. In year 9 the students rotate to five different subject specialists throughout the year to get a full experience of each area. All teaching takes placed in carefully constructed mixed ability groups. In year 9 a majority of groups are gender set, with boys and girls being taught in distinct mixed ability groups. There are many different curriculum opportunities throughout the year. eg trips to The Clothes Show and visiting speakers such as Google.

Key Stage 4

KS4, students can opt to study GCSEs in Product Design, Fashion & Textiles and Graphics. We also offer BTEC Engineering and construction at both Level 1 and 2. The feedback from our students at KS4 is very positive and many of our students go on to continue their studies in these areas at KS5 and further. We expect our students to be ambitious and this shows in the high quality of work they produce at KS4.
Students can also opt to continue learning their food and catering skills with the BTEC Hospitality course which is delivered through the schools ‘Vocational’ department.

Key Stage 5

At KS5 students can study A-Level Product Design. This is a popular course in year 12 with many students going on to study related areas at University, apprenticeships or employment. Students specialise in product design in their chosen field, for example Fashion & Textiles, Electronics or Resistant Materials.
KS5 courses are also available in Hospitality.

Future pathways

The range of career pathways that relate to Design and Technology are vast. Any Engineering sector requires the skills developed in D&T (examples being Civil Engineering, Architecture, Mechanical Engineering, Software Engineering and many more). Employment in the Fashion and clothing areas, catering, hospitality, electronics, product designers, automotive, telecommunications and education sectors all need students that are well trained in design and technology. In fact- there is no employment that does not involve some element of technology within the daily structure or routine!Recent examples of success stories- A Yr 11 student who studied Product Design GCSE in 2015 has now gone on to train as a mechanical engineer for the Navy, based at officer training school in Loughborough, this student’s design and technology course was critical for his acceptance in this prestigious role. One of our A Level Students received two unconditional offers at his chosen universities (one being a Russell Group University) as a result of his engineering and design work that he presented during interview!

Typical Graduate salaries for Engineering students are between £20k-30k the median earning for Chartered Engineers is £63k (source TargetJobs) Average earnings for Graphic design graduates is £21k , for Fashion designers- £25k and for specialists in specific technology fields the earnings are huge- with £100k per year not unusual!

Subject Specific Material  -All Technology Areas   – School Specific resources and general awesome site – Fashion – Graphics – Product Design – Food Tech