Technology Department
The Resistant Materials area of the Design and Technology faculty serves the needs of students in Key Stages 3, 4 and 5.

In Years 7, 8 and 9 pupils follow a course of study specified by the National Curriculum, in which they investigate existing products, looking at the materials used and how they are constructed. They carry out further investigative tasks including market research to draw up a specification for a product that they then design and make, this product is then evaluated against the original specification. Throughout this process they are taught about different markets. Within Year 7 the students design for ‘themselves’, in Year 8 they design for ‘others’ and in Year 9, for ‘markets’.

Throughout all years the students are given the opportunity to develop their ability to manufacture products of quality, using both traditional hand tools and more 21st Century Computer Aided Design and Manufacture (CAD/CAM). A significant amount of investment in this area of the subject has been made and continues to be made.


The Food Technology department serves the needs of students both in Key Stage 3 and 4.  In years 7, 8 and 9 students follow the National Curriculum guidelines learning about food products and how they are designed to be made.  We aim to make the learning fun and informative combining practical experience with relevant theory lessons.  The scheme of work includes a range of basic cooking skills, healthy eating, wise food shopping, a look at different ingredients, sustainable and ethical foods, food safety and hygiene.  

To ensure that everyone who participates in the course is able to gain practical experience the school provides all the ingredients for practical lessons free of charge to the pupils.   Dishes covered include British classics such as scones and International favourites such as chicken stir fry, ratatouille and spaghetti bolognaise.  We are a healthy eating school and this is reflected in the recipes that students use.  At the end of each food unit, students are given a task which requires them to plan and make a healthy dish of their own choice.

In Key Stage 4, budding chefs have two routes open to them either GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition or a Level 2 VCert in Food and Cooking.
GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition is a two year course.  It is a popular option and covers nutrition, diet and health, food spoilage, food provenance and food waste, cultures and cuisines as well as the science behind food preparation and cooking.  Students have the chance to cook to a high level using a wide variety of ingredients and techniques.  The final grade is a combination of 50% controlled assessment and 50% examination at the end of year 11.
The Level 2 Food and Cookery course is a vocational course with the emphasis on practical skills.  The course consists of 4 units, 3 of which are internally assessed and externally moderated.  There is 1 exam for unit 3 which is about healthy eating and making healthy food choices.
Throughout the course students will learn how to prepare themselves, the kitchen and food so that they are safe and hygienic cooks.  They will consider the food choices that we make, such as how food is grown and reared, the ethics and sustainability of food choices such as Fairtrade and Marine Stewardship foundation.  The course aims to develop practical skills culminating in students researching, planning and producing, in exam conditions, a range of dishes in response to a brief. 


Pupils have the opportunity to design and make products with compliant materials.  Year 7 learn about fabrics and how to use specialist equipment, through the manufacture of a Reflective Wear product, which incorporates flashing LEDs.
Computer Technology has not only revolutionized the Textiles Industry, but also the work undertaken by pupils at Shoeburyness High School.  Year 8 pupils use Computer Aided Design to create sublimation prints for their Bag for Life project.   Year 9 pupils use Computer Aided Manufacture and industrial cutting techniques, alongside a variety of other traditional decoration techniques, for their soft furnishing products. 
Year 10 and 11 pupils use more complex themes and equipment, to design and make more advance products, which are of a higher quality of both design and workmanship.
AS and A2 students follow an Art and Design Textiles course.  This involves the practical exploration of constructed, printed and/or dyed fabrics, materials and other decorative textile techniques; in conjunction with the study of designers and craftwork from around the world, from both past and recent times. This is the course for students who have a creative flair for designing and making products/artifacts - using textile materials.  Several of our students have gone on to further education courses to do Textiles related degrees or foundations courses.  E.g.  Courses in Textiles Construction, Theatre costume and Set Design, Retail Management and Art and Design Textiles.



Key stage 3
Students in years 7, 8 & 9 study Systems and Control as part of the Design and Technology syllabus. They study basic electronic circuits and investigate input and output devices as well as control processes.

Key stage 4
Students that take this subject as an option in years 10 and 11 develop the skills they have learnt in the lower school, and study for a BTEC Technical Award in Engineering. This programme of study is split into three components:-

  1. Exploring Engineering sectors and Design applications
  2. Investigating an engineering product
  3. Responding to an engineering brief

Components 1 and 2 are internally assessed component 3 is externally assessed. As well as completing the above components students are given the opportunity to develop their engineering skill base throughout this programme of study by completing a series of  projects in metal.


Graphics Products has two clearly defined pathways: either conceptual design or the built environment.

Conceptual design incorporates a wide range of 3D products with associated graphics, such as packaging design, product/industrial design and point-of-sale display.
The built environment focuses on the man-made surroundings that provide the setting for human activity, such as architecture, interior design, exhibition design, theatre sets and garden design.
During Key Stage 3 pupils will develop their designing skills with a range of traditional graphic media as well as exploring digital techniques. They will be encouraged to respond creatively to briefs and develop their ideas while considering moral, cultural and environmental issues.
Pupils that opt for GCSE Graphic Products will have the opportunity to develop a whole range of creative designing and making skills, technical knowledge and understanding relating to graphic products and invaluable transferable skills such as problem solving and time management. The syllabus covers a range of design skills including 2D and 3D design, colour theory, composition, and typography. Industrial processes are covered in depth including printing methods and the use of computer aided design and manufacturing.
Controlled assessment is completed during Year 10 and Year 11 and will involve a design folder and an assortment of made products. The theme for the major piece of coursework varies from year to year. The final work can be made in a variety of materials including high density modelling foam, foam board, card, thin woods, plastics, papers, fabrics, or any combination of these.