Art, Design and Technology

Following on from the previous years’ work undertaken in year 7 and 8, students in year 9 study a wide range of different artists, art movements and create a wide variety of varied outcomes for each project throughout year 9. Students work on a surrealist project at the start of the year, then in terms 3 and 4 they study still life project and then finally bring all their skills learnt throughout the whole of Key Stage Three to start a GCSE coursework project in the summer term of year 9.

Design and Technology

Students study a wide range of different designers and techniques which come under the umbrella of Design and Technology. Throughout the keystage, students work in Textiles, Resistant Materials, CAD CAM, Food technology and Graphical Products. Each project has a strong theme with a cultural link or designer. Students work through the design process to produce elements of the design cycle which helps them produce a final outcome. The final outcome is very different according to the area of Design and Technology studied. These can range from a food practical outcome, a resistant materials outcome from wood, textile fabric outcome or a 2D graphical product.

Throughout keystage three we run many competitions, clubs and opportunities for extended learning which are publicised through tutors or the school website. Recent awards have been won over the past few years from safety near water ‘Save a Lifebelt competition’ through to designing and racing ‘go carts’ with ‘soapbox derby’. 

Supporting your Child

Homework is required regularly and is often set to ensure that students develop their research, creativity and widen their knowledge on a particular designer, style or movement and becomes crucial when students are working on GCSE coursework.

In Year 10 and 11 this often involves summarising findings from elements within their coursework or project work.  Students are welcome to use the workshop and CAD CAM facilities with key stage four with prior arrangement from their teachers and this support is welcomed as it will enhance their practical skills and development.

Rushden Academy

Rushden Academy

01933 350391


KS3 Head of Years

Head of Year 7 - Miss J Neville

Head of Year 8 - Mrs M Blackmore (interim)

KS4 Head of Years

Head of Year 9 - Mr S Harris

Head of Year 10 - Mrs A Gurnham

Head of Year 11 - Miss R Burrows

KS5 Head of Year

Head of Year 12 & 13 - Mr P Chapman

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Rushden Academy

Hayway, Rushden, Northamptonshire. NN10 6AG
Tel: 01933 350391
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