Art, Design and Technology

Curriculum Intent

Our curriculum intent aims to ensure that all pupils at Alder Grange are able to:

access an inclusive broad range of subjectsthe intent of ADT is to develop pupils’ knowledge, skills and understanding of the subject, in a creative and enjoyable manner. The intent is to focus on learning intentions that build these skills within a wide range of activities.

discover and develop their knowledge and passions – projects are designed at KS3 in order that students can access and scaffold learning and allow the component skills to be delivered in a way that gives them the opportunity to develop their own approach and interests. The environmental and social impact of their work as designers and makers and understanding the relevance of STEM and SPaG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) is woven within the project work. 

A broad and balanced curriculum is delivered through KS4 to allow further scaffolding of knowledge, skills and understanding of the theory and practical aspects of the subject.

be prepared for the future/be good citizens – we emphasise the practical aspect and focus on skills for their post school education and employment to create well rounded, capable individuals who may gain the skills necessary to contribute constructively and successfully to society and their community. 

The curriculum is intended to promote and value equally, the following cross-curricular themes:

  • Culture & the Arts
  • STEM & Digital technology
  • Language Mastery
  • Numeracy
  • Reasoning
  • Wellbeing – both physical, mental and social
  • Spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness & Citizenship
  • Mastery
  • Critical thinking//
  • Independent learning skills
  • Extra curricular projects
  • Inclusion

Art, Design and Technology

Curriculum Team

Curriculum Leader: Mr T Stocks | Leads KS3, KS4, KS5

Subject Teacher: Miss V Irving  – Architecture | Design Control | Graphics | Product Design

Subject Teacher: Mrs J Leech – Art | Art & Design | Graphics | Product Design

Subject Teacher: Mr K Riddell – Art & Design | Product Design

Subject Teacher: Ms J Stansfield – Art | Product Design

For further information or to discuss any subject within the department, at any key stage, get in touch via email:

Careers / Future Options

There are a massive range of future study and careers options available following study of these subjects.

Some of these subjects are available to study at A Level or Level 3 in our Sixth Form, ‘ag6’.

The learning and skills developed in KS5 lessons support further studying these subjects at university.

If you enjoy these subjects you may want to consider the following career paths:

  • Advertising
  • Animation
  • Architecture
  • Art conservation
  • Automotive design
  • Branding designer
  • Building services engineer
  • Chef
  • Civil engineer
  • Computer based design
  • Creative director
  • Dietician
  • Engineering
  • Food developer
  • Food technologist
  • Health and wellness coordinator
  • Health promotion specialist
  • Industrial design
  • Information graphics design
  • Land surveyor
  • Manufacturing
  • Nutritionist
  • Photography
  • Project manager
  • Prop design
  • Quantity surveyor
  • Site manager
  • Structural engineer
  • Teaching
Business Skills

I want to start my own business

Coding is the future

Coding is the future. I love learning to code. I want to be a games designer when I am older.