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Worthing High School

Worthing High School

Year 9 Curriculum Choices Evening

Design Technology & Food

The DT department experience at Worthing High School involves: -

  • High quality teaching from enthusiastic and highly motivated staff
  • Innovative and creative projects to enthuse and excite students in all year groups.
  • Fun but purposeful lessons, where students are given the space and knowledge to develop their practical and theory skills.
  • Support and guidance to ensure all students reach their full potential.


Information about the DESIGN TECHNOLOGY Department

Aims of the Design Technology Department

To develop in each pupil:

  • Self-esteem and a feeling of self-worth.
  • An awareness of the modern world, and an environmental and aesthetic appreciation of it.
  • The ability and confidence to communicate effectively. This includes development of the key skills of literacy, numeracy and ICT within Design and Technology.
  • A sound technological understanding.
  • The ability to understand and analyse information.
  • The ability to apply knowledge and skills to solve problems.
  • A creative and enquiring mind. 
  • Knowledge and understanding of a range of materials.


Departmental Staff


Mr Rasarathnam- Leader of Art and Design Technology

Mr Allen

Mrs S Hurley

Ms L Sinsbury

Mrs M Hunt

Mr R Whitaker

Mr Frape- DT Technician

Mrs J Parkinson – Food Technician


Two equipped Design and Technology workshops

Two well equipped Art rooms including a kiln

Two equipped Food Technology rooms

A specialist room for the teaching of Graphics with ICT facilities

Our Philosophy

  • To provide our students with 'real life' problem solving skills relevant to today's environment.
  • To provide our students with the capabilities to communicate and develop their ideas and thought processes using the technological tools of today, whilst reflecting on past practices.
  • We aim to create within the department an environment, which will encourage pupils to achieve high standards, the best of which they are capable, in as many areas as possible and provide the foundations for a happy and successful adult life.   

 Key Stage 3 - Years 7-9

• Students attend 3 DT lessons a fortnight.

• At KS3 students explore a wide range of materials.

• Current design and make projects include:

  1. Year 7- Biomimicry lamps (Wood work and electronics), Polymorph Action Figures (Graphics) and Healthy eating (Food and Nutrition)
  2. Year 8- Mechanical toys (Mechanisms and systems), Soft toys (Textiles)  and Designing a healthy dessert (Food and Nutrition)
  3. Year 9- Travel games (Graphics and Wood work), Architectural models (Graphics) and designing meals for Special diets (Food and Nutrition)

KS4 - Years 10-11

Students attend 5 lessons:


  • Food Preparation and Nutrition and AQA GCSE Design and Technology (Covers Resistant Materials, Product Design, Graphic Products Systems and some Textiles).
  • Both GCSEs are 50% controlled assessment tasks and 50% exam with a mix of long and short answer questions.
  • The controlled assessment in all DT subject areas begins in the summer term of Year 10 and continues through to February half term of Year 11

Additional Sessions

We run intervention sessions for KS4 sessions on Tuesday and Wednesdays from 3.15pm-4.15pm

 Revision Sessions

For Easter Revision Sessions, please see Exam Support and Timetables page - under Teaching & Learning.