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The Howard Partnership Trust (THPT) is a Surrey based Multi-Academy Trust, comprising four secondary, six primary and two special schools with two further under development. We are proud of our ethos of collaboration and inclusion, "Bringing out the best" in students of all abilities and backgrounds. Visit website

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Product Design and Resistant Materials


This course is built on hand’s on and creative projects which will engage and stimulate students to learn the fundamentals of a working with different materials such as wood, plastic and metals. Students will follow a portfolio style of learning which will encourage them to reflect and refine their work throughout. Included in the course is the skill of researching different artists, designers, design movements and existing products to further their understanding of construction and inspire them to come up with their own creations.

In KS3 students will be introduced to using a 10 week project which will follow the process of research, design, make and evaluate with each year group developing on their practical and drawing skills.

In KS4 students will complete a 3D design course which with the use of portfolio based projects students will further develop their knowledge in a range of computer design programs, practical skills, drawing skills and the ability of researching work to influence them.

Our KS5 course is Product Design and this creative and thought-provoking qualification gives students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers. Especially those in the creative industries. They will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning in to practice by producing prototypes of their choice. Students will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, alongside the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers.  

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Staff Contacts

Head of Faculty - Miss E Wicks – 
Head of Resistant Materials - Miss D Sebe-Ankra (maternity leave)
Head of Resistant Materials (maternity cover) - Mr K Longe -