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Resistant Materials Technology is the design and making of products using a range of materials such as wood, metals and plastics. Students will be encouraged to incorporate new technologies in the production of their products.

Why Study this Subject? 

Resistant Materials helps make students aware of the world around them and how technology has an impact on the environment and its resources.

Technology makes the world a new place!

Shoshana Zuboff


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Topics of study and Assignments

In Year 7 students will learn to use a vacuum former, workshop machinery and hand tools. The new knowledge of these tools will be used to create a project from multiple materials.

In Year 8 students will carry through what was learned in Year 7 to improve their making skills. The project in Year 8 will concentrate on using metal.

Studying Resistant Materials at GCSE involves using a wider variety of machinery, including the lathe for wood and metal. Students will also be proficient in the use of more specific hand tools. Working to a set brief students are encouraged to make the most original work they can.

The Team

Head of Department Georgina Maltby has qualified in BA Hons Interior Textiles and Surface design. Her interests include travelling, photography, making her own clothes and cooking. She is advanced in PADI scuba-diving.

Stuart Davies is the Resistant Materials Teacher and qualified with BA Hons in Graphic Design. His interests include travel, cycling, motorcycling and wood craft.

Emily Fenner-Hudson is a Design and Technology Faculty Department Assistant and qualified with a BA Hons in printed Textile Design and MA in Fashion Body wear. Her interests include: sustainable textiles, dress making and surface pattern design.

Catherine Shemeld is a Technology Teaching Assistant and is qualified with a BA Hons in Fine Art Printmaking. She supports the learning of students with a focus on those with special educational needs. Her interests include visual arts, printmaking, graphic design, photography, sewing and crochet.

Alice Thompson is a Resistant Materials and Graphics Technician and qualified with a BA Hons in Wood, Metal, Ceramics and Plastics; PGCE in Design and Technology. Her interests include jewellery crafting, metal work, knitting and sewing.