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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 Creative and Digital Technologies Team 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.


Head of Department - Mr D Bennison (email)

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.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

In Years 7, 8 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: Word-processing, spreadsheets, databases, desktop publishing, web authoring, gaming, graphics and a variety of multimedia applications.

At Key Stage 3, Computer clubs offer students opportunities to enrich their learning beyond their lessons. The students that attend these clubs experience a variety of tasks building proficiency in a range of different applications. A number of clubs run including coding clubs, Scratch Animation clubs as well as the Duke of York ( which is where students can work towards achieving bronze, silver, and gold awards for their 'Digital Literacy' skills.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)

At Key Stage 4, we offer two different pathways in the GCSE Computer Science and the Creative iMedia course. Both of these courses build on the skills and knowledge they have developed during Key Stage 3 and allow students to follow distinctly different strands of the computing curriculum.

GCSE Computer Science follows the OCR course. Computer Science encourages mental versatility through problem-solving and developing programming skills as well as the knowledge on computer systems and how it all works. There is a strong emphasis on computational thinking and networking and cybersecurity.

Creative iMedia is a more practical course from OCR that focusses the students on life in the digital sector through working for a client and complying with legislation to developing skills in planning and design in areas such as digital graphics, creating multi-page websites and games.

Key Stage 5 (Sixth Form)

At Key Stage 5, we offer A Level Computer Science (OCR) and BTEC National Information Technology (Pearson).

In Computer Science, we build on the knowledge developed at Key Stage 4 and deepen our understanding of the concepts. The independent programming project allows students to really develop their programming skills around an area of their choice. There is an expanded Maths focus and computational thinking at its core.

The BTEC IT course is a real blend of the 'Computing' curriculum without the specific programming aspect. It gives students a 'real world of work approach' to learning with theory around the topics of Information Technology Systems and the Use of Social Media in Business, as well as the more practical topics of Creating Systems to Manage Information and Website Development.



The Computing Department

Head of Department

Mr D Bennison

Teachers of Computing

Mrs D Bemowski

Mr D O'Connor

Mr L Bemowski



Head of Department - Mr S George

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

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, Craft & Design areas. They will experience a range of processes and techniques within each topic. During each project, a relevant artist or group of artists are studied to extend and inspire students' own work.


At Key Stage 3, we have an Art club at lunchtimes, a Year 9 Photography club and there are opportunities for students to work in the studios most lunchtimes on their projects.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)

The department's programme of study for 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 student. The department provide lunchtime and after school sessions for students to work in the studios.


As an alternative to the Art GCSE students can opt for Photography GCSE (AQA).

Key Stage 5 (Sixth Form)

At Advanced Level, the Art department delivers the Eduqas specification in Fine Art. This gives students the opportunity in Year 12 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 13, students will produce two units of work. The first, a ‘Personal Investigation’, is a brief initiated by the student where they produce a portfolio of work through an in depth investigation of their chosen topic. The second unit is an ‘Externally Set Assignment’ where students have a set time limit in which to produce a personal response to the starting points provided by Eduqas. 


Many of our students choose to study the Visual Arts at Higher Education establishments.


The Art Department
Head of Department Mr S George
Teachers of Art Miss L Blackshaw
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 Edexcel Product Design GCSE and A level. We also use a 3D Printer and CAD/CAM Laser Cutter to enhance the students’ skills and raise the quality of products the students can manufacture.

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.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

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

Practical Action - Beat the Flood Challenge
USB lamp project (Electronics and Resistant Materials)

Year 9

Practical Action - Squashed Tomato Challenge
Passive Amplifier (Resistant Materials)
Smart Materials and Polymorph focussing on inclusive design (Modelling)
Biomimicry (Modelling)
Ready Steady Clock - a team Batch Production 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 (Years 10-11)

The department offers Edexcel 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 Edexcel gives an option of 3 themes to choose from. We will start this course work in June 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. As well as this, theory lessons will be delivered twice a fortnight to ensure the students cover the required topics for the Year 11 exam.

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.

Key Stage 5 (Sixth Form)

The department offers A Level Edexcel 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 is one final examination. Both the coursework and examination are worth 50% 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

Miss A Corry

Mrs R Dempsey


Food and Textiles

Head of Department Mrs K Mottram

The Food and Textiles 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.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

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.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)

The department offers two separate subjects

GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition (OCR)
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 OCR specification.

GCSE Textiles (OCR)
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.

Key Stage 5 (Sixth Form)

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 OCR 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 D Bemowski

Mrs K Mottram

Miss A Corry

Health and Social Care (Key Stage 5)

Subject Co-ordinator - Mrs K Mottram

BTEC Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care study is offered at 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.