Staffing and Role

Mrs Bennion – Design & Technology Teacher

KS3 Curriculum

In Year 7, on a 10 week rotation, students are introduced to a variety of textile techniques ranging from:

  • Basic hand stitching
  • Sewing on a button
  • Applique
  • Health and safety

Students are encouraged to work independently to gain confidence, as well as designing and making items that use their acquired skills.

In Year 8, using confidence gained in Year 7, students are encouraged to be creative in designing a ‘Bag For Life’. Techniques include:

  • Using CAD to design and make a stencil
  • Fabric Painting
  • Repeat Prints
  • Natural and man-made fabrics
  • Recycling
  • Sweat shops and the textiles industry

KS4 Curriculum

The Year 9 courses focus more on the subject selected for study at GCSE level. Design and Technology encourages students to take risks through a range of focused practical tasks and design and make products showing innovation, creativity and originality, using a range of materials such as paper and card, plastics, textiles, and timber based materials.  Students are able to select their chosen material area for their Yr11 GCSE controlled assessment.

In Years 10 and 11 the students will have the opportunity to exhibit some of their work, inviting parents, staff, and members of the public to view the excellent work produced.


Testbourne will close at 1:10pm on Thursday 21st December. Buses will collect children at 1:10pm. Students who catch public transport will still be able to leave at this time to catch their respective services.