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The Technology Curriculum Area is well organised, forward-thinking and practically based.

Students are able to further develop their understanding of a wide range of related industries from hands-on interaction with modern processes and materials.

We offer Resistant Materials Technology and Textiles Technology in both Key Stages.

We are firmly committed to improving and updating all aspects of our curriculum area and invite you to take a further look at what we have to offer.

Ethos & Values

  • To enhance students quality of learning through the effective delivery of the Resistant Materials and Textiles based technologies.
  • To raise attainment by improving confidence, self-belief and encouraging pride in learners own work.
  • To consistently set high standards of expectations and match these with high quality teaching, resources and learning experiences.
  • To provide a range of educational experiences appropriate to the age, ability and needs of our students relating to industrial processes and practices.
  • To manage resources and monitor the development of new trends to ensure maximum benefit to our students and learning environment.
  • To adopt a philosophy of continuous improvement in all aspects of the delivery of both subjects within the Curriculum Area.
  • To ensure that there is no gender stigma attached to either Textile or Resistant Materials making both subjects attractive and accessible for both sexes.

Knowledge & Skills

  • Design and Technology prepares students for participation in tomorrow's rapidly developing world of technologies.
  • Students are provided with the necessary individual and team skills to gain confidence in their own abilities and become creative problem solve
  • Students will recognise needs, wants and opportunities and respond to them by developing a range of ideas and making products and systems that successfully meet these demands.
  • Students will practise skills in research, communication and management in design and production.
  • Students will improve all areas of practical, spoken, and written communication skills through experiencing a wide range of learning styles from specialist teachers.
  • Students will develop an understanding of aesthetics, social, moral and environmental issues.
  • Students will experience working with CAD/CAM and other industrial based processes where appropriate.

All students are encouraged to express personal and informed opinions through design, research, analysis and evaluation tasks. The main focus is upon the improvement of practical problem solving skills for a variety of purposes and consumer groups. Creativity is actively encouraged, as is the importance of accuracy and presentation within all forms of work. All Upper & Lower school students have access to the ICT suite using programs such as Pro Desktop, 2D Design, Corel Draw and Sketch Up and the CAD/CAM machines.

Through design and technology, all students can become discriminating and informed users of products, and become innovators.

Resources & Facilities

The Technology Department at Cleethorpes academy is one of the best equipped in the country.

We were the first 3D printing hub for Ultimaker 3D printers and we have six 3D printers in our Computer design suite.

Students at Cleethorpes academy have up to date technology and use of industry choice design programs.

We have three fully equipped technology workshops with machines that specialise in plastic, metal and wood work.

Three textiles rooms with a range of new Textiles facilities including, Computer aided embroidery machines, Sublimation printers and digital sewing machines. The Textiles depart also offer E-Textiles, the chance for all students in both KS3 and KS4 to add LED lights into their work.

Courses & Qualifications

At KS4 the department offer a choice of Design and Technology GCSE's specialising in either Textiles or Resistant Materials for all Band 5 students. This qualification is made up of two sections a non-exam assessment and a 2 hour exam both accounting for 50% of the overall grade.

Band 4 and 3 students can chose from the Fashion and Textiles Technical Award or the Materials Technology Technical Award. This is made up of 3 sections: 2 non exam assessments worth 30% each and one 2 hour exam worth 40 % of the overall grade.

Year 9 & 10 Textiles

Subject content


Students will learn to research and analyse existing textiles products and understand how to use the information to help them design their own products. Students will research and learn about the properties and use of all fabrics including: natural, synthetic, smart and interactive.


Learning how to design and present ideas ranging from decorative culture inspired aprons, to under the sea themed bags. An element of this course also includes fashion illustration and working both by hand and on the computer to present ideas.


Students will learn modelling and pattern cutting skills as well as how to use commercial dress making patterns. Students will learn a wide range of both decorative and construction techniques as well as using up to date technologies including the laser cutter, 3D printer and including electronics in their work.

Year 9 & 10 Technology

Subject content


Students will learn to research and analyse existing products and understand how to use the information to help them design their own products. Students will research and learn about the properties and use of key materials.


Students will learn how to create and present viable and creative design work for their practical project work.


Students will build upon solid practical skills in methods of joining materials such as the most commonly used wood joints. Students will go on to complete focused practical projects, designed to increase the depth and scope of their practical skills and knowledge and understanding of appropriate materials.

Learning Outside The Classroom

Young Enterprise

Each year Cleethorpes Academy enter a year 10 team into the Young Enterprise Company Programme. Thorough year 10 students will create and market a product; looking at finances, sales and advertisement as well as production for their product/products. Students will also participate in trade fairs and competitions throughout the year.

Where Does This Take Me In The Future?

  • Womenswear Designer
  • Menswear Designer
  • Knitwear Designer
  • Textiles Designer
  • Trend Forecaster
  • Fashion Illustration
  • Stylist
  • Pattern Cutter
  • Sportswear Technology
  • Medical Textiles
  • Electronics in Textiles
  • Teacher
  • Technician
  • Upholster
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Retail
  • Seamstress or Tailor

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Cleethorpes Academy Principal

Janice Hornby