Design & Technology, Art and Photography Workshop at Newman College

On Monday 5th December, 14 GCSE Design & Technology, Art and Photography students visited Newman College to take part in a range of Textiles, Art and Photography workshops. They learnt all about the courses available and got to experience some of the techniques and skills which they can develop whilst studying A-levels and BTECs at Newman College. A massive thanks to past PGHS student, Chloe Forshaw, who is currently in her second year of her Art & Design BTEC at Newman College.  Chloe shared her amazing work and discussed her experience at Newman, as well as the path she has chosen to take since leaving PGHS.

Mrs R Freer

Curriculum Lead for Technology

Food Preparation and Nutrition

Year 10 students have learnt about dietary needs and have planned and prepared a vegetarian pizza, complete with pizza box to take home.  Students are now looking into the science of making the pizza dough and bread by conducting a science investigation. 

The pop up – popcorn club after school was a great success. Students made their own popcorn and then flavoured it with a variety of ingredients.  A firm favourite were the marshmallows, sugar and cinnamon!

Mrs Scott

Teacher of Food Preparation and Nutrition

GCSE Design and Technology Visit

On Wednesday 19th November, Year 10 GCSE DT students visited UCLan to take part in fashion, textiles and interior design workshops. Students learned about the different courses that UCLan offers, the university in general and information about recent upgrades. They also had a chance to experience what it would be like to study at UCLan through the different workshops. Students created some amazing outfits by dressing a banana and produced some prototypes of different furniture solutions based on a client’s needs. 

Mrs Freer

C.A.T. Faculty

Literature and Languages Festival

Our Literature and Languages Festival took place from 10th October to the 21st October. A variety of activities, competitions and events took place and it was a huge success. Please click the link below to view the newsletter articles about the festival.

Health and Safety

This week across Technology, students have been learning about the importance of health and safety in a technology environment. Students have looked into the different types of PPE used in the workshops. They have also learnt how to work safely and hygienically when handling food, by exploring a ‘grime’ scene set up in the food room.

Mrs Freer

Curriculum Co-ordinator of Technology

Textiles Summer Term News 2022

Year 7 Textiles

Throughout year 7, students have been designing and creating a range of children’s soft toys, based on a well-known ‘childhood adventure’ character. Students were asked to incorporate a smart material into their design, whilst providing some educational element to the product. Over the year, students have produced a range of imaginative ideas, which meet the needs of their chosen client.

Year 8 Textiles

Students have been busy creating their ‘festival’ themed bags. Students have developed a repeated pattern using CAD and then printed the pattern using Dye Sublimation. Throughout the unit, students developed a range of skills, including how to use the sewing machine, how to use CAD in Textiles and how to adapt a pattern based on the needs of the client. Students have produced a range of multi-use bags suitable for someone attending a festival.

Year 9 Textiles

Students in year 9 Textiles, have created a range of ‘upcycled ’decorative cushions, inspired by a well-known artist or designer. Students have explored how the Textile industry effects the environment and how we can promote a more sustainable and environmentally friendly way of making and purchasing our clothes. Students re-used old clothes to create a range of original and unique cushions, which meet the needs of the client.

Mrs Freer

Textiles / STEM

Year 9 BTEC Media Group Visit to Media City/Salford University

Year 9 BTEC Media Group visit to Media City/Salford University

On the 27th June, the new year 9 option group had a fantastic day out visiting Salford University at Media City. They worked in two groups to research, produce and present either a radio or TV news programme.

The girls worked really hard to write and research before rehearsing and presenting in the TV and radio studios. They were given the chance to use industry standard equipment throughout the day in order to make their final news bulletins. They were then given a short tour of the area.  This included seeing where a variety of TV and radio programmes such as ‘Match of the Day’ and ‘Granada News’ are produced. It was wonderful to see so many of the students enthusiastic about career possibilities in the media sector and many asked some great questions to gain a better insight into university courses that they could apply for. 

Mrs L. Gornall

Design and Technology

Year 10 Product Design

The group have just completed their final mini project, a child’s night light. There have been some wonderful examples made and the students have embraced the use of CAD/CAM equipment including the laser cutter and vinyl cutter, as well as using vacuum forming and soldering all the electronic components. This mini project has built up both their skills in the workshop and also their knowledge of materials, manufacturing process, health and safety and quality control.

Mrs Gornall

Design and Technology

Bake a cake for the Queen Competition

Students celebrated HM Queen Elizabeth II’s Jubilee and took part in the ‘Bake a Cake for the Queen’ Competition. Cakes were judged and sold at lunchtime. Just over £57 was raised and all proceeds will go to the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal (recently supported by HM Queen Elizabeth II). A prize will be given to all entrants, along with a certificate to be presented for their charitable efforts in the final assembly this year. Well done, girls!

Mrs Scott

Teacher of Food Preparation and Nutrition

KS3 Product Design

Well done to Hannah in year 9 for her lovely eco jewellery design which made our star designer wall. Also, a mention to Saga and Gracie who both made fantastic final products! The students cast pewter into laser cut moulds and inlaid recycled HDPE plastic (made from bottle tops) to produce their eco jewellery.

Mrs Gornall

Teacher of Technology

  • Arts Council England - Artsmark Gold
  • Lancashire Socio-economic Equality Badge
  • SMART
  • UNICEF
  • School Mental Health Award
  • Ofsted - Outstanding Provider
  • Arts Council England - Artsmark Gold
  • Lancashire Socio-economic Equality Badge
  • SMART
  • UNICEF
  • School Mental Health Award
  • Ofsted - Outstanding Provider