Mission Statement

The Design and Technology team delivers a challenging, dynamic, broad and engaging curriculum. We ensure that pupils are creatively inspired, ready for the future and will contribute to society. We are supportive of our pupils, each other and believe in strong collaboration with in the wider community of our school. We are a progressive and resourceful department that aims to keep up with cutting edge developments in technology.

The department teaches pupils how to create, become more resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable. Together we can create the world’s problem solvers and inventors of the future.

Design Technology Magazine

Click here to view and download the Design Technology magazine.

The Knitting and Stitching Exhibition 2017

At the end of November, Mrs McNally and Miss Evans from the Design and Technology department took their Year 10 Textiles pupils to the Knitting and Stitching Exhibition in Harrogate. The name does not really do justice to the vast array of textile art, technology and consumables on show across four halls of the Harrogate Convention Centre. Pupils were able to DT 1gain insight and inspiration from the exhibiting specialists including Jose Hendo and Bobby Britnell, one a fashion designer and the other a textile artist who both work with “Barkcloth”; a fabric made sustainably in Southern Uganda for at least the last 700 years.

"Artists in Action" offered pupils the opportunity to see working specialists DT 2produce fantastic mixed-media pieces as well as being able to speak to them about their work. The Festival of Quilts exhibited their winners’ work including the stunning "African Village" by Janneke de Vries-Bodzinga. Modern technologies including the most up to date computerized embroidery machines were also on display.

DT 3Pupils appreciated the opportunity to see "how people can create amazing things out of nothing", talk to textile artists about their own careers and they "enjoyed seeing all the stalls and all the techniques and demonstrations available". DT 4

The University of Huddersfield exhibited their undergraduate work and, whether our pupils go on to study Textiles further or not, we are looking forward to seeing how the creativity and diversity of this fantastic trip will inspire their GCSE work, and hopefully enrich their own imaginations in the years to come.

Kirklees College Young Chef of the Year 2017: Show Stopper Challenge

Kirklees College Hospitality department invited 'budding chefs' (from years 9, 10 and 11) from schools in Kirklees to take part in the 'Show Stopper Challenge'.

  • The first round was a technical challenge where the contestants made red velvet cupcakes with limited instructions, based on the BBC Great British Bake Off show.
  • Finally, the contestants had two hours to create and serve 4 portions of a restaurant style plated dessert and sweet sauce of their choice.
  • Entries were judged on taste, appearance, originality, seasonality, cost, use of local produce, working practices and cleanliness

Three students from SNHS were successful in the heats and won a place in the final; Amelia Garbutt in year 9, Alina Shukat and Chloe Sykes in year 10.

All three girls did extremely well and made some amazing products. We are extremely proud to announce that Amelia Garbutt achieved first place with her crème brûlée with raspberry coulis and a tuile stack!

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Honley Show 2016

The Design and Technology department would like to pass on their congratulations to the Year 11 students who submitted their work to the Honley Show this year. Once again the students excelled in their areas and we had a number of winners.

Congratulations to:

  • Katie Scholefield, who won a first prize for her wall hanging based on a Moroccan theme – she gathered research from her school trip to Morocco to inspire her
  • Genevieve Durrans, who won first prize for her child’s dress based on Nature and was commended on the quality of her product
  • Freya Priestly, who won first prize for her electronics project a metronome based product to help with her music
  • Aaisha Sharif, who won second prize for her electronics project which was a board game based product incorporating electronic dice and forfeit
  • Luke Taylor, who won third prize for his electronics project which was based on an F1 Start Gate.

Read more: Honley Show 2016

Technology Days

Image01For this year’s Technology Days, Year 9 students took part in a range of design and technology activities organised and run by the Technology Department with special thanks to Ms. Evans and Steve Cooper.

Students took part in a range of activities which included:Image03

  • Polyfusion in Textiles
  • Working with recycled plastic to produce their own fabric to design and make products with
  • Muffin batch production in Food Technology using a range of interesting ingredients and flavours
  • Apprentice style Resistant MaterialsImage02
  • Working in teams to design the most commercially viable products
  • Hovercraft development in Engineering
  • Innovative design in Graphics working with Graphic Designer Steve Cooper and circuit design in Electronics.

Image04The days allow students to experience a new side to design and technology in preparation for the start of the GCSE’s.Image05

All the activities are designed to push the creativity and independence of students and give the students a feel for the possibilities within the subject.

The Design & Technology department would like to thank the Year 9 students for their efforts and enthusiasm throughout the 2 days. They worked creatively and as a result designed and produced some excellent quality products that they should all be proud of.

Senior Citizen’s Tea Party

Year 7 and 10 food technology pupils worked hard to create a brilliant banquet serving a high quality afternoon tea to senior citizens of the local community. Run by Mrs Roby, Miss Whitworth and Mr Davies, the tea party has been an important annual opportunity for the school and our pupils to give back to the community and this year was no exception.

This year the event also celebrated the Ninetieth Birthday of our Queen.

Mrs Roby, Miss Whitworth, Miss Brier and Miss Clayton worked with their very talented Key Stage 4 pupils to cater for the event with sandwiches, pastries, cakes and scones for our guests  to enjoy. Year 10 pupils also volunteered to act as hosts for the afternoon and displayed fantastic kindness and consideration to our guests.TeaParty2

Our brilliant Boys Choir and Glee Choir provided excellent musical entertainment for our guests and there were also solo performances. Our Senior Citizens had a thoroughly great time. We now look forward to next year’s event.

The Year 10 girls in the picture are from left to right- Ramatya Farhan, Magenta Kitson-Perfitt and Manaal Ali

Kirklees College Young Chef of the Year 2016: Show Stopper Challenge

Kirklees College Hospitality department invited 'budding chefs' from schools in Kirklees to take part in the ‘Show Stopper Challenge’.

  • The students had two hours to create four portions of a show stopper dessert and sweet sauce.
  • Entries were judged on taste, appearance, originality, seasonality, cost, use of local produce, working practices and cleanliness

Image03image01Two students from SNHS were successful in the heats and won a place in the final.

The final round of the competition took place on Tuesday 21st June.

We are extremely proud to announce that Rachael Rushworth achieved first place with her Ginger Sponge with vanilla cheesecake filling, caramelised pears and salted caramel topping.Image02

Zak Norton-Podmore came second with his Rhubarb sponge and crème anglaise.

Deadlines for Textiles Technology

Deadlines for Textiles Technology


11th December 2015 - All research and development of design proposal pages due.

12th February 2016 - Final Products due with manufacturing pages completed (prototype planning, product specification, industrial application)

24th March 2016 - Final Deadline. All folder work and products must be handed in on this date for GCSE assessment.


Knitting & Stitching Show

On 26th November 34 Textiles technology students, Mrs McNally, Miss Lambert and Miss Whitworth enjoyed experiencing a range of exhibits, galleries and stalls at the Knitting & Stitch Show at the International Halls in Harrogate.

Image03The students browsed through the Halls to experience the range of Textile experiences that are available from around the country. There were nearly 200 workshops, stalls and exhibitors on offer at the Harrogate show and students had the opportunity to learn to knit, crochet, sew, and quilt and more, or brush up on the skills they already have. There's no other knitting show like it!

Along with workshops students had to opportunity to stock up on their craft and textile supplies and explore a number of Textile exhibits displayed by Textile graduates and craft groups.

Students behaved impeccably and the staff would like to thank them for making it such an enjoyable trip.

Click here to view more photos from the Knitting & Stiching Show 2015

BBC Good Food Show

IMG 4365On 27th November 36 food technology students, Miss Cordingley, Mrs Roby and Miss Whitworth enjoyed a feast of festive culinary delights at the good food show at the NEC Birmingham.

They browsed, sampled and shopped at hundreds of exhibits, sampling Interview Stagefoods from around the world and watched hundreds of demonstrations including past winners from The Great British Bake Off.

Pupils were captivated watching Mary Berry's live interview, before watching the highlight of the trip Paul Hollywood cooking live in the super theatre.

TheatreCourtney Wilkinson was awarded a wooden spoon for a winning Foodshowsmile signed by the famous Paul and Mrs Roby won a nutritional blender in a 'dance off' against other Food Technology Teachers!

Students behaved impeccably, the staff would like to thank them for making it such an enjoyable trip.


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