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Food and Engineering

In Key Stage 3, students focus for the year on a specialism either Food & Nutrition or Engineering with one specialist teacher. Qualifications at Key-stage 4 are offered in Engineering & Food & Nutrition. The focus is on designing, making and creating through a variety of media. The faculty encourages a ‘Can Do’ attitude amongst its students and the dedicated team of enthusiastic and specialist teachers working in a suite of fully-equipped and developing workshops, computer rooms and are able to offer an exciting and challenging experience for all students within the faculty.

Key Stage 3 Engineering

We have just been awarded £35,000 by the Wolfson Foundationto build a Fabrication Making Studio which will be a fantastic opportunity for the faculty to have industry standard equipment within the faculty, that will enable students to be given the opportunity to make high standard practical products. The Fabrication Making Studio will also support the local area, and develop further links between Fairfield and local artists which will benefit the educational experience of all students in the school.  The support the making workshops there is also a brand new CAD ( Computer Aided Design Studio ) specifically and exclusively for Engineering students. The projects focus on developing student’s practical skills and creativity. The students have access to a laser cutter, 3D printers CNC Routers and a range of other machinery and equipment which allows us to continually develop the student’s practical skills and enhance the products they create.

Over the last few academic years the faculty has run many special activities for the students. We have had workshops provided to us by Young Engineers, Dyson, Airbus and Rolls Royce and Ministry of Defence. We had a specially arranged workshop by the University of Bristol especially for our female students to promote Engineering, where they spent the day looking around the University and had a special behind the scenes tour of Clifton Suspension Bridge. Students working in the faculty also appeared on Points West promoting Horace the road safety dog, where they produced models and a short video to promote road safety; we also have our own Shaun the Sheep. Students have had opportunity to question Engineers remotely through a programme called ‘I’m an Engineer Get me Out of here’.

In the past we have been successful in the Go4Set competitions with nest Innovation Award , also finishing 4th nationally, as well as winning local awards 4 of the past 5 years, also we have had major success in the local Teen-Tech competitions. Our students were also successful in winning the chance to have their names put on the back of the Bloodhound Project car that is trying to beat the land-speed record next year. This year we hope to run many more activities to enhance the student’s curriculum including F1 in schools.

Key Stage 3 Food

Entering in to the Future chef spring board competition last year we also came second in the regional finals of the national competition. There are a variety of extracurricular activities offered, all of the activities are designed to allow the students to experience something different to what they usually would within the normal lessons and to develop additional skills that will aid them both practically and academically in the future. In the past year the students have been given the opportunity to experience a Vegetarian Workshop, Indian Cookery and ‘Ready Steady Cook’, there are also many new and exciting opportunities planned for the students this academic year.

The faculty also supports Primary schools by providing workshops that introduce Design and Technology to their students; these workshops have enabled the students to produce a variety of Food products, T-shirts for their leaver’s day and key-rings made from ‘shrinking’ plastic.

Key Stage 4

Within Key Stage 4 the students are given the opportunity to opt to specialist in Food & Nutrition also Engineering. The faculty has excellent uptake in its option subjects, with Engineering being one of the most popular subjects across the whole school.

These courses give the students the opportunity to develop their knowledge within their chosen area. Taught by passionate and knowledgeable teachers, the makeup of the course allows the students to demonstrate both practical and theoretical ability.

The staff within our subject areas look forward to welcoming you into a faculty that is exciting and dynamic and will strive hard to ensure that all students get the best education possible and achieve not only good grades but develop fundamental life skills in the process.



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