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The De La Salle Academy

The De La Salle Academy

The De La Salle Academy

Inspiring People;
Breaking Boundaries

Creative and Technical Faculty


Faculty Staff
Mr A. Stewart
Ms T. Redmond
Miss J. Talbot
Miss L. Lake
Mr D. Ashcroft
Mr J. Donnahey (SLT Link)

Design Technology Overview

Design and Technology offers a unique learning experience for pupils to develop creative thinking skills. Practical skills learnt and demonstrated within the curriculum will support students who want to access trade apprenticeships such as plumbing, joinery, catering and construction. Furthermore it can lead to a pathway into higher education where technology skills are used in careers like architecture, industrial engineering and quantity surveying.

In Years 7 to 9 students will develop key practical skills supported by technical theory to thrive within the workshop environment. The students will complete a multitude of workshop projects supported by theory to create a modern and relevant curriculum. They will have an opportunity to develop their workshop skills through safely operating hand tools and machinery.

In Years 10 and 11 students will progress their skills and understanding through a design process that encourages a creative and practical mind-set. The pupils will have the opportunity to achieve a GCSE with AQA Design, the course involves a coursework project, supported by a design portfolio, and a written examination.

Food Technology Overview

All students in KS3 will experience food on a carousel in Years 7 - 9. They will complete a block of approximately 12 weeks where they will learn basic skills, use a variety of equipment and ingredients and follow through the design process to develop their own dishes. They will have to plan their own practicals as well as using nutritional analysis programmes to develop an understanding of healthy eating and the need for a balanced diet.

At the end of KS3, students will have the chance to choose Hospitality and Catering for their option in Year 10. This subject develops their practical skills and also includes work placed knowledge for the students to take into the hospitality industry if they wish. They will complete an online test as well as a practical exam and coursework. This course allows them to continue to study the subject to level 3 and beyond.

Art Overview.

Art and Design inspires young minds. As a subject, it opens a gateway to creative and cultural development, and through imaginative risk taking and personal expression, children will become life-long learners. Art promotes moral, social and personal progression, and it provides students with the ability to explore their own experiences and revolutionise them into Art. In this way, students can express themselves and communicate their creative ideas to others, regardless of talent or ability. Art encourages students to think differently, giving them the ability to work collaboratively and innovatively.

Within the subject, schemes of work have been devised that directly follow the National Curriculum guidelines for Art and Design. We have a clear aim to develop and improve learners’ experience and understanding of creating Art through skill development, incorporating the formal elements: line, tone, texture, colour, form and shape.

As each year progresses, we aim to build upon existing knowledge, so that students broaden their understanding of key skills and artist studies throughout the year. Students will engage in traditional methods of Art such as drawing and painting, however, they will also work with 3D materials, printmaking and digital processes.

Art promotes investigation. Looking at the past, present and future, a threshold of knowledge is waiting to be explored. Students are given the chance to enrich their minds, and delve into traditional and contemporary medias. Through analysis, they will develop an understanding of artistic disciplines, how they contributed to our history, and influence our future. In order to promote higher order thinking skills, critical thinking is incorporated into each scheme of work. We encourage students to analyse the formal elements of Art, understand context, explore meaning and discover the artists circumstances as well as personal experiences regarding their work.

Music Overview

The value of music as an academic subject lies in its contribution to enjoyment and enrichment, for its social benefits and for those who engage in music seriously as well as for fun. High quality music education enables lifelong participation in, and enjoyment of, music, as well as underpinning excellence and professionalism for those who choose not to pursue a career in music.

Core skills developed in Music lessons across all key stages are:

  • Performing
  • Composing
  • Listening
  • Appraising
  • Analysing
  • Working as a group
  • Ensemble skills
  • Evaluating – self, peer and industry music

Examination Information

Resistant Materials
Contact: Mr J. Donnahey
Applies to: Year 10 & 11
Course Type: GCSE
Exam Board: AQA
Specification Code: 4560
Board Website: AQA Resistant Materials Website


GCSE Music
Contact: Mr J. Donnahey
Applies to: Year 10 & 11
Course Type: GCSE
Exam Board: AQA
Specification Code: 4720
Board Website: AQA Music Website

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