Design and Technology
This subject is of key importance to the nation’s economy and a students’ understanding of the world in which they live. The Faculty teaches Computer Aided Design, Food Technology, Graphic Design, Resistant Materials and Textiles. A young person will study each of these subjects as part of their Key Stage 3 curriculum. They are also popular options at GCSE, with some students following them in Sixth Form.
Using a range of high-spec equipment students learn to understand the components of production for each of the disciplines and learn to create their own products to a specific brief. In each of the subjects students learn how to produce industry standard items. The finished items made from textiles or wood are often displayed as being of a very high calibre. The food is rarely around for long enough to be as widely applauded.
Although great fun these courses have a very strong vocational role. Students studying Food, Textiles or Product Design at AS and A Level can go on to study any of a number of creative and vocationally specific degree courses. There are clearly advantages to having studied one of these disciplines when seeking a Modern Apprenticeship after school.
The particular joy of this subject is in understanding a material before using your hands to create with it something from your own imagination.
The world of Information and Communication Technology is changing fast. It is difficult to imagine the skills that will be needed in an increasingly paperless, digital society. The Department aims to develop in the students the basic skills necessary to manage in any industry, an understanding of the processes behind the software and confidence to cope with changes in medium.
The Department delivers the National ICT Strategy in Key Stage 3. This develops the ability to use a wide range of ICT tools and to understand the technology behind the application. This includes looking at Hardware and some programming. The subject is offered to GCSE Level and we offer BTEC Nationals to students choosing to study the subject beyond 16.
Lessons are structured to enable students to work at their own pace as they develop their own solutions to problems, complete projects or build presentations. The Department has two designated computer rooms and there is access to six other areas across the school; either for private study, subject specific teaching or for other disciplines to book. The School also uses video conferencing as a means of delivery for up to five A Level courses in Sixth Form.
As the school develops the use of a Virtual Learning Environment and wireless connectivity is established across the site ICT will be central to learning at Wallingford.
The Art Department comprises four members of staff and covers a range of disciplines across the visual arts. We aim to be the main focus of visual learning and expression in the school. We help young people develop the skills to interpret and represent their world in two and three dimensional form. We support children in their endeavours to become more critically aware of the imagery around them. As part of this we give the opportunity to study the work of famous artists, past and present.
The Department aims to develop practical and technical skills in students to ensure they have a greater variety of expression and creativity. Students have fun working with a range of media and on different scales. These include; printing, drawing, painting, ICT, sculpting and photography. In the latter field the Department has a good track record of winning awards.
Art is part of the Curriculum for all studies in Key Stage 3, when students have the option to continue it at GCSE and A Level or follow a BTEC course through to leaving Sixth Form. A number of students each year apply to University Foundation Arts courses or degree study.
Art is not something we feel should be confined to the classroom. The Department has exhibition spaces across the school site for paintings and sculptures. We also go into out of school on our Community Arts Project and work with others to teach Art or produce pieces of work on their sites.
A strong programme of performing arts is an important part of a healthy school. Wallingford has a tradition of high quality public performance, be it through the annual Christmas Musical Production, the Spring Concert, the Choir and Jazz band’s appearances in the community or the other Drama, Music and Dance events that appear in the calendar. Some young people with particular talent are released each year to take part in professional performances around the region.
Musicians have the opportunity to take part in the Fun Band, South Oxfordshire Saturday Morning Music Service, the Oxfordshire Senior Schools Orchestra, County Youth Orchestra and County Youth Big Band.
The Subject is taught through to A Level and a number of students have chosen to read music at universities and conservatoires.
Drama and Theatre Studies are also studied at all Key Stages. In class students concentrate on devising their own pieces and finding ways of bringing play scripts to life. They also use visual and written stimuli to generate mini productions of their own to perform to their peers. There are public performances as part of examination work at GCSE and Sixth Form.
Dance is a growing option at Wallingford. Students study it from Year 7 through to A Level. Many choose to combine their studies in school with membership of local dance groups and productions. As students move through the school they focus increasingly on their own choreography; dancing their own pieces and those of their classmates. The Wallingford School Dance Festival is an annual opportunity for students to celebrate dance in front of an audience.Go back