Design and Technology

Design Technology at Hamilton Community College is forward looking, progressive and exciting. It is driven by an enthusiastic cohesive staff, whom believe that Design Technology education plays a vital role in preparing young people for lives in a complex environment.

The aim of the Faculty is to provide a lively, stimulating environment for all people to develop their creative talents, approaches to problem solving, communicating as an individual and part of team whilst gaining subject expertise and knowledge. Students are encouraged to be responsible for their own learning through a variety of resources, advice from teaching staff and develop a mutual respect for their own work, environment and that of others. Students feel safe and valued and can develop the skills to work co-operatively and safely with teaching staff, their peers and other adults.

The Design Technology Curriculum

In Years 7, 8 and 9 each student has three one hour lessons per week. During the academic year students rotate to each DT specialism. During KS3 each student studies Food, Systems & Control, Graphics, Resistant Materials and Textiles.

Students can also study for GCSE Textiles (AQA) or GCSE Resistant Materials (AQA) during their time in Years 10 and 11. Both courses provide an excellent stepping stone for any student wishing to study Design at A Level or a related vocational subject.


Work Areas

  • Two fully equipped workshops
  • 2 Fully equipped Food rooms
  • 2 Textile rooms equipped with embroidery machines , over-lockers and iron presses
  • 1 Graphics room
  • Bookable IT suite located next to one of the workshops
  • Fully equipped CAD/CAM room with CNC router and laser cutter.
  • Spray painting booth with extraction

CAD/CAM Equipment

  • CAMM1 CNC Router with 4th Axis
  • A3 Laser Cutter
  • Computer Aided Sewing Machines
  • 2 A3 Colour Laser Printers
  • Desktop PCs with Windows 7


  • 2D Design
  • Pro-Desk Top 8
  • Corel Draw
  • Photoshop
  • 2D Design
  • Speed Step

Faculty Staff

Mrs J Southorn

Head of Faculty

Teacher of Textiles and Food
Mrs L Betts

Second in Faculty

Teacher of Textiles and Resistant Materials
Mr C Curtis

Teacher of Resistant Materials and Systems and Control
Mrs L Drca

Teacher of Resistant Materials
Mrs D Ramji

Teacher of Graphics and Resistant Materials
Miss D Abbott

Teacher of Food
Mr L Coleby

Teacher of Design
Miss A Pepper

TA and Technician
Miss L Hurst

TA and Technician