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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


A new welcome message from the 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

Technology is seen as an important subject within the academy and is growing in popularity amongst the students. We have excellent facilities and a great deal of space that will allow us to expand as we need to. Test

Within the different subjects taught students will develop the key practical skills and vital Health and Safety knowledge of working within a practical environment. They will develop their practical knowledge and skills of working with machinery and hand tools and will develop their design skills by designing products that must be manufactured and tailored to set briefs and specification. Students will develop a good knowledge of the workshop by completing set practical tasks under supervision to help guide, support and monitor their progress. Students will be able to understand design briefs and take the information to produce practical outcomes following a detailed specification. Equally important to us is the development of team building skills, sharing equipment, peer mentoring, responsibility for personal and group safety, understanding that resources are not infinite and need to be used appropriately.

Studying these subjects at examination level is a good way to enter practical apprenticeships leading to trades, Plumbing, Joinery, Catering, and Construction amongst others.

It can also lead to a pathway through higher education to become an Architect, Industrial engineer, Quantity surveyor or Project.

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. Through imaginative risk taking and personal expression, children will become life-long learners. As a subject, Art promotes moral, social and personal progression. It provides students with the ability to explore their own experiences and revolutionise them into Art. Through this, they 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 follows 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. This incorporates the formal elements: line, tone, texture, colour, form and shape.

As each year progresses, we aim to build upon existing knowledge. 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, and 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, 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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