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All Hallows Catholic School

School: All Hallows Catholic School
Address: Weybourne Rd.,
Tel: 01252 319211
Fax: 01525 328649

Snapshot of the School:All Hallows Catholic School was built in 1961. It is a mixed comprehensive school with Technology College Status and is situated on a twenty-five acre site on the boundary between the towns of Aldershot and Farnham. The school roll is 1120 students. Students places are highly sought after from a very wide catchment area. The school has extensive playing fields, its own indoor swimming pool, a brand new sports hall, a fitness and dance studio and a gymnasium. In the years since the school was founded ambitious building programmes have provided a dedicated arts centre and a systems and control laboratory sponsored by Festo Pneumatics. During the academic year 2000/2001, 99% of the students entered for GCSE obtained 5 or more passes, which included 65% obtaining 5 or more passes graded A* to C. It is delivered “across the curriculum”. The sixth form centre has its own dedicated suite of new PC’s. Many departments have their own IT provision to supplement the general IT resources. Currently D&T have a mixed network of Acorn and PC machines but over the next year the Acorn provision is being phased out. The D&T teaching team consists of 8 staff supported by 3 part-time technicians.

Range of D&T GCSE’s offered: The full range of National Curriculum D&T subjects

Number of teachers teaching D&T: 8 members of staff including the Deputy Head

How is ICT for D&T Resourced? Resourced from the general school budget. With bids made to head of DY for extra hardware/software

How much ICT training have members of the D&T dept had? Most members of the department are new appointments and have received a great deal of ICT training in their ITT course.

Brief history of ICT development: Developed from in-house INSET given by Deputy Head (who teaches within the department). ICT development has been from “look what we can do” “lets all try” approach.

Date of Case Study: 17 th July 2001

The Case Study: In this case study we look at a holistic learning experience that starts with students being introduced to CAD/Cam through a series of focused practical tasks and culminates in some sophisticated computer modelling taking place using an Industry Standard Pneumatics Simulation Package called “fluidsim-p” and then takes that learning experience into designing and making a product (in this case a child’s toy) that was tested, at its prototype stage, using a pneumatic circuit. The test was designed by the student to check how much damage may occur to the product when being in constant use by a child.

ICT Policy and Planning for the future: This is done within departmental meetin, done fortnightly. The minutes are then taken to senior management for comment and action.

Teacher observed during the case study: Miss Kate Fovargue

GCSE focus area for this study: Resistant materials

Number of D&T rooms: 5

No of students in group & boy/girl split: 23 total - 12 girls & 11 boys.

Band/stream/mixed ability: Mixed ability

ICT resources: Good CAD/Cam. Word processing and graphics programs. Pneumatics suite (sponsored by Festo) with industrial state-of-the art hardware and software.

Other equipment: A well resourced D&T suite.

Teacher INSET: Most INSET is done in-house. Specialist consultants are sometimes bought in.

Classroom/workshop layout and management: The rooms are in the same block, but on different floors. The staff working/preparation areas are small but well resourced and orderly.

Teacher support: 2 technicians on a part-time basis.

Differentiation – learning support and EFL support: The materials that I observed catered well for differentiation. EFL support was not necessary.

The future: Appointment of a new member of staff for systems and control. (GTP student to start next September)

Other things happening in the department: Very vibrant and colourful department, with lots of examples of students’ work on show. Once a year a D&T exhibition is held over 3 days with parents and public invited to attend.

The images above show an example of a pupil's design folio.

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