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Poynton High School

and Performing Arts College

01625 871811

Creative and Digital Technology


Director of Learning - Mr L Bemowski email

The Computing faculty is a highly successful and well-developed Team within Poynton High School.
We have a balanced team of professionals with excellent subject knowledge and skills which are used on a regular basis to enhance the learning of students within the Team.

Computing, Head of Department - Mr D Bennison

Poynton High School Computing Department is a dynamic and successful curriculum area.  Computing is taught across all Key Stages and students are offered numerous opportunities to develop their computing capability.

In Years 7 and 9 students receive one dedicated Computing lesson per week. They are introduced to new software and apply their skills to solve problems and communicate information.  There are some exciting opportunities available to students at Poynton in the field of Computing.  The core of computing is Computer Science, in which pupils will be taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to work through programming. They will also have the opportunity to experience both visual and text based programming languages and develop their capability in a wide range of applications including: Wordprocessing, spreadsheets, databases, desktop publishing, web authoring, gaming, graphics and a variety of multimedia applications.

At Key Stage 3 Computer clubs offer the students opportunities to use the machines after school.  The students that attend these clubs experience a variety of different tasks using different applications. A number of clubs run including Minecraft, Coding, Animation & Scratch club.

At Key Stage 4, we offer GCSE Computer Science and GCSE ICT.  Both these courses build on the skills and knowledge they have developed during Key Stage 3 and allow students to follow very different pathways.

GCSE Computer Sciences follows the OCR Course. Computer Science encourages mental versatility where students use their new found programming skills on an Independent Coding project. There is an emphasis on Computational thinking and Cyber Security.

GCSE ICT focuses on key skills for the Digital World we live and work in. Assessment is in the form of an examination on areas such as Connectivity Operating Online, Personal Digital Device Online Communities and Legal Issues including Cyber Security. A major Controlled Assessment tests a students ability to apply developing skills and knowledge to a real problem.

At Key Stage 5, we offer A Level (AQA) ICT and (OCR) Computer Science.

In Computer Science there is a real focus on programming, building on our GCSE course. There is an expanded Maths Focus and Computational Thinking at its core.

ICT builds on skills and knowledge from Key Stage 4. The course offers opportunities for practical work in a wide range of software. It is aimed at students who wish to progress to Higher Education or the world of work where knowledge and understanding of ICT will be a valuable asset.

The Computing Department

Head of Department

Mr D Bennison

Teachers of Computing

Mrs D Bemowski

Mr D O'Connor

Mr L Bemowski


Art, Head of Department - Mr S George

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 students receive two hours of lessons every timetable cycle. Students follow a wide range of activities which allow them to experience many Art & Design areas. During each project, a relevant artist or group of artists would be studied to extend and inspire students' own work.

Key Stage 4

The department's programme of study of Art & Design at GCSE level is thematically led and it delivers the AQA Art & Design specification. Students who opt to study Art will be taught by one of the experienced specialist staff who will lead them through the course. Students will have the opportunity to investigate a range of techniques, media, processes and materials where they will learn about a number of different artists and cultures. The results are excellent and we strive to maximise the creative potential of every pupil.

Sixth Form

At Advanced Level, the Art department delivers the AQA Specification in Fine Art. This gives students the opportunity to investigate a wide range of techniques and processes, and they will also learn more about a wide range of artists and cultures.

Students will be taught by a team of two staff who will monitor progress regularly and set targets for improvement. In Year 12 students will produce two units of work. The first, a Coursework Portfolio, is initiated by the staff. The second is an Externally Set Assignment where the starting points are provided by AQA.

Year 13 follows a similar pattern, the significant difference being the first unit. This requires the student to write a text to accompany a practical project of between 1000 and 3000 words in length. Again, there is an Externally Set Assignment which completes the course.

The Art Department
Head of Department Mr S George
Teachers of Art Mrs P Guest
Miss K Smith


Product Design, Head of Department - Mrs G Burdett

The Product Design department has undergone many changes recently. Key Stage 3 projects have been developed to engage students and also build the necessary skills needed for the new AQA Product Design GCSE and A-Level. We have also purchased a 3D Printer and CAD/CAM Laser Cutter to enhance the students’ skills and raise the quality of products the students can manufacture. We are using the new technology for the current GCSE and A Level practical coursework but plan to deliver KS3 CAD/CAM projects very soon.

We believe that this subject not only offers enjoyment and also helps our students to further skills which support them in all areas of their curriculum but also ready them for their further education and career opportunities.

At Key Stage 3 students investigate problems, develop and model ideas and produce working products which can then be used at home. They will be introduced to and learn about the different materials available, use a wide range of tools and machinery and develop their creativity and imagination to be able to produce innovative solutions to the problems given. All Key Stage 3 years will have a focus on iterative design and solving problems through the development of ideas, to prepare them for the skills needed for the Product Design GCSE and A Level.

Year 7

Practical Action – Floating Garden Design Challenge

Celebrity totem pole (Resistant Materials)
Team bridge building challenge (Structures)

Year 8

Pine – Puzzle challenge (Resistant Materials)
USB lamp project (Electronics and Resistant Materials)

Year 9

Passive Amplifier (Resistant Materials)
Smart Materials and Polymorph focussing on inclusive design (Modelling)
Biomimicry (modelling)

Ready Steady Clock – a Team Challenge (Resistant Materials)  

Students will learn to work independently and also in teams, they will develop design, practical and problem-solving skills and techniques, with an aim for their enquiring minds to question product design and the world around them.


At Key Stage 4, the department offers AQA Product Design GCSE. This has a major focus on creative design development skills, producing an innovative solution to a chosen design problem. There will be one coursework unit, where AQA gives an option of 3 themes to choose from. We will start this course work in July of Year 10 so students can research over the summer break. There is also an examination at the end of year 11. Each element is worth 50% of their final GCSE grade.

Throughout year 10 a variety of ‘mini’ projects will be delivered, building the students skills, knowledge and understanding of the subject, in preparation for both their examination and course work.

Students will be required to sketch ideas by hand, develop ideas through modelling and experimentation as well as use computer programmes such as SketchUp to create their designs in 3D.

At Key Stage 5, the department offers A Level AQA Product Design. This will use all skills taught from the GCSE in Product Design. The focus of this qualification will be on problem-solving, design development skills and the production of prototypes and working products. There are two final examinations. Technical Principles is worth 30% and Designing and Making Principles is worth 20% of the final grade.

Students are required to use ICT at an advanced level, creating 3D designs, testing solutions and materials and also in the presentation of their coursework.

Many of our students go on to study design at University but they all benefit from the cross-curricular skills and techniques which they have accumulated within our subject area.

The Product Design Department

Head of Department

Mrs G Burdett

Teachers of Product Design

Mrs R Dempsey

Miss A Corry


Food and Textiles, Head of Department Mrs K Mottram

The Food Technology Department includes many different curriculum subjects.  We are dedicated to delivering the best possible teaching and learning experience to students and strongly believe in the value of our subjects for the world of work and to develop skills for life.  All members of the department are experienced, specialist subject teachers.

At Key Stage 3 students are taught Food and Textiles Technology in mixed ability groups of up to 24.  In years 7 and 9 students have one lesson per fortnight.  There is a strong emphasis on teaching and learning practical skills with high expectations being set by staff.  Our aim is to enable students to work independently, with confidence and enjoyment, to make products of high quality. During year 8 students complete 1 hour over the two weeks weeks. Half of the year focused on Food and the other half on Textiles.
Students are assessed according to National Curriculum guidelines with progress recorded in students’ folders.
At Key Stage 3, we run a variety of competitions and clubs. For example, cookery clubs and Dress A Girl Around The World.

At Key Stage 4, the department offers 2 separate subjects

Food Preparation and Nutrition
This two-year course is ideal if students enjoy practical food preparation and want to further develop skills.  Students learn to meet food needs that take into account nutritional guidelines, constraints of time, energy and available resources, personal lifestyle and eating patterns in modern society.  The department is resourced with modern, time and labour saving electrical equipment. Students will also learn theoretical knowledge in five areas to enhance their practical skills. These include, Food Nutrition and Health, Food Science, Food Safety, Food Choice, and Food Provenance.
Our students follow the GCSE AQA specification.

This two-year course offers the chance to develop practical skills and contribute to manufacturing and textile design.  It provides the opportunity to design and make products to wear and for use in the home, as well as learning about properties of fibres and fabrics and manufacturing issues in all areas of design and technology.  The department is resourced with a range of modern equipment and materials.
Our students follow the GCSE AQA specification.

At Key Stage 5, the department offers one A level in Product Design: Textiles. We have a 100% pass rate in both areas with many of the students progressing to degree courses in related subjects.Student will practice a variety of different techniques in their first year alongside learning theoretical knowledge. During their second year, students will create their own brief and produce a portfolio of work and final product.
In Product Design: Textiles, our students follow the AQA specification.

The Food / Textiles Department

Head of Department

Mrs K Mottram

Teachers of Food / Textiles

Miss A Corry

Mrs F Browning

Mrs C Marsh

Teachers of Health and Social Care

Mrs K Mottram

Mrs C Marsh

Miss A Corry

Health and Social Care (Key Stage 5), Subject Co-ordinator - Mrs J Palfreyman

Health and Social Care study is offered at GCE Single Award which is equivalent to one GCE A Level.
The course is for those students who want a broad background in Health and Social Care which will allow them to progress to further of higher education, training or employment. The course provides a suitable basis for further study in related subjects in Higher Education as well as a valuable preparation for careers in any area of Health and Social Care.
Learning is applied to a range of work-related contexts, such as links to local employers, case studies and research.