Art, Design & Technology
Part of the 'Create' Wing


nodata0106Mr Bearham
Head of Art, Design & Technology 

Mr Bearham joined Brannel School in 2002 after gaining his degree in secondary school teaching, specialising in Design Technology. He studied for an OND in Engineering and an HNC in Electrical & Electronic Engineering at Cornwall College. Mr Bearham has spent time in industry as an Electronics Design Engineer gaining valuable design & business experience. Mr Bearham is also the school's Challenge Week Lead, Educational Visits Co-ordinator and is responsible for The Duke of Edinburgh Award and the School Ski trips.

nodata0083Mrs Chilton
Teacher of Art & Creative Textiles

Mrs Chilton studied Visual Art and was awarded a Bachelor of Arts with honours from York University before going onto complete a Post Graduate Certificate in Education at the College of St Mark and St John in Plymouth. Mrs Chilton joined Brannel School on a full time basis in September 2007 as an Art teacher.


nodata0119Mr Duenas
Teacher of Art, Design & Technology

Mr Duenas is a Design and Technology teacher and also a teacher of Photography. He completed a Combined Arts degree at the University of Plymouth in 2002, specialising in various visual art techniques including Photography and Graphic Design. He recently completed his Post Graduate in Secondary Education at the University of Wales Trinity St. David in Swansea.

nodata0114Miss Byrt
Teacher of Catering and Life Skills

Miss Byrt joined the ADT department at Brannel School as a full time teacher of Catering and Life Skills in September 2016. Since gaining a Post Graduate Certificate in Education at the South West Teacher Training scheme she has spent the last year teaching Food and Design Technology in Plymouth in a mainstream and SEN school. Miss Byrt studied 3D Design at the University of Plymouth gaining a Bachelor of Arts with Honours Degree in 2013.

NODATA0074Miss Gaiety
Teacher of Design & Technology

Miss Gaiety joined the ADT department at Brannel School in September 2017 as a teacher of Design and Technology. Since gaining a Post Graduate Certificate in Education through Cornwall School Centered Initial Teacher Training in 2016 she spent the last year teaching Food Technology and Engineering in Falmouth. Miss Gaiety studied Nutrition and Health at the University of Roehampton gaining a Bachelor of Science Degree in 2015.

nodata0087Mrs Kitts
Food Technician 

Mrs Kitts came to Brannel School in 1998 as a lunchtime supervisor. She joined the ADT department in 2006 as a technician where she supports in all areas but primarily in Food Technology.


Mr Grimshaw
 Art, Design & Technology Technician

Mr Grimshaw joined the department in January 2018. He supports in all areas but primarily in Art, Design and Technology.




Key Stage Three Overview


Product Design & Resistant Materials

In year 7 we undertake a project to encourage students to produce their own designs for a mirror based on what they think would appeal to their chosen target audience. The project encourages researching, producing high quality design ideas, and using hand tools accurately to achieve the end result. The safe use of equipment is also highlighted.

In year 8 the student create mechanical toys and automaton based upon a woodland theme. Pupils will learn a range of mechanical components to make an interesting and educational final product, using a range of hand and power tools. There is an emphasis on the development of design ideas and high quality manufacturing skills. In Resistant Materials year 8 students produce pewter pendants, pupils use CAD/ CAM to design and produce laser cut moulds from which the pewter is cast.

In Year 9 pupils develop higher level design and manufacture skills, in preparation for key stage 4. Their first projects uses lamination to create a product of their choice based upon personal research, idea development and material constraints. Their second project is to create a light using the moulds they previously created and develop an idea based upon consumer profiling and the development of an idea that must be manufactured ready for point of sale.


In Year 7 the pupils undertake a design and make task to develop an alarm circuit that plays a tune. The pupils will develop basic electronics skills, using computer modelling and real components. The pupils develop a case using workshop hand tools out of acrylic. In Year 9 the pupils will learn how to program a Microcontroller using the Genie Software. They will design and make a remote controlled buggy. During this project the pupils will learn how to program their own software, build complex printed circuit boards, vacuum forming and develop parts for large scale production using the laser cutter.


Year 7 & 8 Food Technology - during these units students will design and make a salad, a healthy cake bar and a variety of multi-cultural meals. They will follow the design process common to all aspects of DT and develop specific cooking skills. We firmly believe in teaching children to 'cook' in order to equip them with vital life skills as well as giving them a good grounding if they wish to follow a further course in Catering during KS4 and post 16.

Art & Photography

Pupils will explore a range of mediums and techniques in order to enable them to communicate ideas and meanings. They will work with traditional and new media, developing confidence, competence, imagination and creativity. They will learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across times and cultures, and to understand the contexts in which they were made. In art and photography, pupils reflect critically on their own and other people's work, judging quality, value and meaning. They learn to think and act as artists, craftspeople and designers, working creatively and intelligently.


Key Stage Four Overview


Resistant Materials

Resistant Materials helps students develop the ability to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques. This specification requires students to develop their knowledge of woods, metals, plastics and composite materials. Other materials may also be used and the use of new technologies is also encouraged. Pupils will produce a piece of coursework worth 60% of final marks. This will consist of a design portfolio and a final product. There is also an exam worth 40% of the marks. See for more details of this course.

Product Design

This is an exciting course where pupils will work with a range of materials associated with Design Technology e.g. timber, plastics, metals & card, to produce high quality products. They will be encouraged to be creative in their design work, and to study the work of leading figures in the world of design. Pupils will use CAD/CAM and learn how Product Designers influence the world we live in. They will work on a range of design-and-make tasks that are based on using materials from the above list. This will be linked to the large scale manufacture of products in an industrial context. Pupils will produce a piece of coursework worth 60% of final marks. This will consist of a design portfolio and a final product. There is also an exam worth 40% of the marks.


Pupils who take this course will develop a wide range of skills. These will include electronic circuit design, computer simulation, Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM). The course investigates the impact of design & technology on society, electronic circuit analysis with computer simulation, printed circuit board design and manufacture, all through design-and-make assignments. Pupils who take the course will develop understanding in manufacturing processes, techniques and application of them in the making of quality products. They will use CAD/CAM with the Laser Cutter, CAMM2 and CAMM1. The course consists of a controlled assessment which is work 60% of their final grade, where they have to produce a design folder and a quality 3D prototype of their final design. As well as a written paper to test knowledge and understanding of electronics, systems and control, this is worth 40%. See for more details of this course.


GCSE Catering Single Award - We follow the WJEC specification for this qualification. The course provides students with a broad range of knowledge in topic areas such as Nutrition, Food Preparation Methods, The Catering Industry and Food Commodities. Students will complete two controlled assessments during the course which both involve planning and preparing a selection of dishes to fit a task, equalling 60% of the final grade. A final exam completes the remaining percentage. Students refine the cooking skills they developed during the earlier years and are given more freedom to be creative. See for more details of this course.


Throughout the two year course the pupils who take this course will develop their knowledge, skills and understanding through exploring a range of art disciplines such as digital photography, photo editing, drawing, painting, printing, textiles, ceramics and sculpture. As part of the course, pupils will extend their understanding of how ideas, feelings and meanings are conveyed in the work of artists and craftsmen, whilst developing an insight into how they relate to their social, historical and cultural context. Through exploration of techniques and processes, pupils will develop their own ideas, creating original and innovative artwork produced from a range of starting points. They will be encouraged to work independently to seek and discover personal interpretation and artistic preference. A final portfolio of work will be selected from work undertaken during the course. This is worth 60% of final grade. An examination unit which will include preparatory work and a final art piece produced during a 10 hour exam. This is worth 40% of total marks. See for more details of this course.

Creative Textiles

Pupils will be introduced to a variety of textile processes and techniques, including both traditional and modern technologies. Exploration of these may include printing, appliqué, felt making, quilting, Batik and fabric manipulation and embellishment. Pupils will explore historical and cultural influences in textile design including the work of industry practitioners, artists and textile designers. From their research they will be required to develop their own ideas and textile designs, exploring a range of styles, genres and traditions before producing their own textile interpretations/pieces. A final portfolio of work will be selected from work undertaken during the course. This is worth 60% of final grade. An examination unit which will include preparatory work and a final art piece produced during a 10 hour exam. This is worth 40% of total marks. See for more details of this course.


The Photography GCSE has two units and an exam. Module 1 is an experimental unit empowering students to see the world in a different way. The camera is a tool that can be used to reveal things the unaided human eye can't see and find beauty in the most simple of things. Students are shown how to use the camera as a device to unlock a world of creative potential and reinforce an understanding of the visual world. The aim is to ensure that students are not only literate in words and numbers when they leave school but also literate in the complex language of visual communication as it becomes ever increasingly sophisticated in the modern world. Module 2 encourages students to explore the various aspects of their identity and create a very person centred project based around their interests. It is reinforced by exploring artists, photographers and other great minds who help make sense of the 'self' and how we shape our identity. The exam is a final project based on a response to a single topic chosen from a list of diverse starting points set by AQA. There are opportunities to visit locations for course enrichment: Eden Project and woodland field trip. A final portfolio of work will be selected from work undertaken during the course. This is worth 60% of final grade. An examination unit which will include preparatory work and a final art piece produced during a 10 hour exam. This is worth 40% of total marks. See for more details of this course.

Clubs & Activities

  • STEM Club for Key Stage 3 – Topics ranging from the science of photography to air powered rockets. Thursday lunchtimes. This club has designed & made props for a Hall for Cornwall production.
  • Art Club – Years 7 & 8 Wednesday day lunchtime and after school.
  • Art Club - Years 9, 10 & 11 – Thursday & Friday lunchtimes and Thursday after school.
  • STEM challenge days – Challenges that are against other schools in the county.
  • Electronics, Product Design & Resistant Materials – Years 9, 10 & 11 - Catch up Sessions – Thursday & Friday Lunchtimes.
  • Future Chef 2016- Hosting in school competition, working within a set budget and judging criteria to find two winners to compete in the local further education college heat. This is judged by industry chefs- the winner is mentored by an industry chef and has the chance to go on to a regional and national competitions.
  • Allotment Club - All years- Friday lunchtime.