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Design and Technology (incorporating ICT)

Congleton High School is a specialist school of Engineering and as such our Design & Technology department is second to none.  The school has outstanding facilities for the teaching of Food Technology, Textiles, Product Design, Resistant Materials and Engineering.  We also have a state-of-the-art CAD/CAM suite. 

Design & Technology is an important part of the core curriculum at both Key Stage 3 and 4 and is very popular with students, who produce an impressively high quality of work.  As a Specialist School of Engineering, we are committed to raising achievement and improving provision and participation in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), which are becoming increasingly relevant and necessary in today’s workplace. 

We encourage all Year 11 students considering a career in engineering to apply for the Arkwright Engineering Scholarship, which aims to inspire and nurture the most dedicated and promising students with a combination of support, guidance and funding for both the student and the school. For more information on the Scholarship and how to apply, please see the information to the right of the page.

The D&T department also now incorporates ICT, which is well-resourced, with students having good access to well-equipped ICT suites. ICT courses are popular choices at Key Stage 4 and 5 and the department has a good track record of success. The department organises a wealth of enrichment and extra-curricular activities, including a Google Sketch-up club and ‘How to make your own computer game’ club.

Through our Specialist School status and links with local businesses, colleges and other organisations, we are able to offer an incredibly diverse selection of extra-curricular and enrichment activities in Engineering and Design & Technology. For full details, please see our ‘School Life’ section.

Key Stage 3 overview

Design and Technology

Year 7

The Year 7 course involves a variety of projects in different areas of Design Technology. These projects include: the designing and making of an electronic pop-up card in Graphic Products; an acrylic note holder in Resistant Materials; an apron in Textiles, a trophy project using CAD/CAM ( computer aided design and manufacture) in Engineering and several healthy eating products in Catering.

Year 8

The Year 8 course seeks to build on and further develop the skills learnt in Year 7. It involves a variety of projects in different areas of Design and Technology. These projects include: designing and making a picture frame in Resistant Materials, a tea light holder using CAD/CAM (computer aided design and manufacture) in Graphic Products, a stylish cap in Textiles, cooking skills and special diets in Catering and a robot based computer controlled project in Engineering.

Year 9

The Year 9 course further develops learning and confidence within the Technology and Engineering fields.  It involves  projects in in areas of Design and Technology that promote individuality and independent learning.  These projects include designing and making a maze game using CAD/CAM (computer aided design and manufacture) in Graphic Products, a decorative glass with a presentation box in Resistant Materials, a decorated  iPad cover in Textiles, a jeweller's clamp in Engineering and a study of skills and local produce incorporated into a family pie project in Catering.


Year 7

In Year 7 students will complete several tasks. They will learn how to log on to our network, send email, use graphics software to design an ID card and look at e-safety. In addition, students will use a database to solve crimes, develop spreadsheets and learn basic coding.

Year 8

In Year 8 in ICT students will focus on developing their creative skills. They will learn how to generate graphics using professional software that could be used to advertise a product. They will experiment with iPads and mobile phones, using them to film and edit a movie. They will also learn how to use these and other resources to make a website to promote a product.

Year 9

In Year 9 students continue developing their creative skills. They will design and create a house using 3D modelling software, Google Sketchup. They will design and code computer games using the open source software, Scratch. They will also develop their graphics skills using Photoshop.


Staff Contact
  • ‘An inclusive school where you aim to get the best out of everyone.’ Ofsted 2018
  • 'The preparation I received at CHS was invaluable and the opportunities far beyond any experience my current peers had.' Jayne Booth (who took up a Manufacturing Technologies internship at Airbus UK)