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Update to technical issues during Year 10 Parents' and Carers' remote meetings - SchoolCloud tell us that they have now resolved the issue. If the problem should return, please refresh your browser.


Technical Issues - Year 10 Remote Parents' and Carers' Evening. Please accept our apologies for the disruption to these meetings. Please persevere and keep refreshing your browser until the issue has been rectified by SchoolCloud.


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For all those that might be struggling over the Christmas period, do not forget that there are many organisations out there to help you. Please use our Glyn SHARP page for a huge amount of links to different organisations. . Stay Safe and Stay Well

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Difficult to see but this is the moment yesterday afternoon that 8 Abbey and 8 Tudor took it upon themselves to take the knee for Black Lives Matter at the start of their House Football Final. We are very proud of them.


'Save the Children' charity Mufti Day today - thank you to Glyn families for your generous donations for such an important charity


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Friday 11 December is a Mufti Day in aid of Save the Children. Voluntary donations of £2, please. Students may wear their own clothes. Christmas jumpers encouraged! No uniform needed, but please remember face coverings!

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Extra-Curricular Sport is back!


Reminder: INSET Day - Friday 26 November 2020 - school closed for all students.


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Looks chilly in Swanage! Year 13 conducting their geography field work today.


Friday 27 November is a Staff Training Day (INSET) so will be closed to all students on that day.


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Reminder that Friday 23 October is a Mufti Day - donations of £2 at the school gates to the Glyn PSA gratefully received. Monies raised provide extra resources for the benefit of our students. Thank you.


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Our Sixth Form Virtual Open Evening will be held on Thursday 15 October 2020, so please check our website on that date. Sadly, no tours or visits this year, but do join us virtually on 15 Oct!


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Design Technology KS3

Year 7 sequence of lessons

Rooms mean that we have to carousel, projects are used as introductions to key areas of design and technology and basic workshop skills providing a foundation from which to build in future years and a providing a taster into all the areas of technology so students have a more informed decision on the subject when it comes to options evening.  

Projects are designed to give students knowledge of some of the most important aspects of the subject. Skills that are, arguably, transferable to real life and help develop the student irrespective of whether to study the subject at KS4 or not. 

These units also introduce students to the essential design skills required to think about producing simple products that solve a need and developing such projects to meet the wants of a particular user group.

Projects are designed to reinforce the basic tenets of designing for the wants and needs of the user and using language to describe the physical properties of materials and attempt to relate material properties to desired function of a product. Such concepts are the foundation of good design - without a knowledge of how to design to a users wants and needs and an understanding of the properties of materials, it is difficult for students to design meaningfully. 



Pewter introduces materials properties and key language around alloys and metal.  It also introduces students to batch and mass production. This project also provides basic hand working skills, some simple design theory and an introduction to the most commonly used workshop tools without the need to work with too much precision.

This unit delivers some of key aspects of the subject: the ability to describe material properties and an understanding of how common materials work with the ability to relate physical properties to intended purpose. 

This unit covers the design process in a summary form so students know the main stages in design strategy which is essential to being able to design successfully later one. This unit either introduces or reinforces the skills of identifying user wants and needs and introduces some strategies to help with this. As well as writing strong specifications to clarify design thinking (and also a bedrock of the subject). Students will also have the opportunity to develop designs (another critical strand that runs through the subject) to produce artefacts that should meet the needs of the user.



Torch project introduces students CAD and CAM - simple CAD skills looking at manipulating bitmap to vector and transforming skills along with path, line and other basic drawing. This provides a foundation for further CAD work in year 9.

Introduction to the laser cutter so students can understand how the drawing translates to a CNC machine. This project also briefly introduces students to plastics and looks at the language of describing materials correctly. This project develops another critical skill for the subject (CAD) and, arguably, a skill that will become more important for the future of all students, given increase in 3D printing and the ability to convert virtual design into real design which will only become more important for future generations.  

This rotation also introduces students to basic systems and the ability to solder simple circuits together while having an understanding on LEDs and how basic circuits work.  These skills help cover the KS4 theory, but also give student knowledge that is essential to their everyday life as well providing practical context to topics that occur in Physics later on.



Textiles introduces students to textiles working processes and the physical properties of these materials. This project covers the requirements of the knowledge required for KS3 and provides sufficient practical to allow students to develop this knowledge at KS4 through theory.

This project also reinforces or introduces the main design concepts of specification and designing for users wants and needs (a vital aspect of the subject - without an understanding of this process, it is difficult for students to access the subject at KS4.

This project also reinforces the language of describing correctly the physical properties of materials relating  to textiles and gives students an understanding of the materials that comprise the clothing they wear.



Year 8 sequence of lessons

Rooms mean that we have to carousel, projects are used as introductions to key areas of design and technology and basic workshop skills providing a foundation from which to build in future years and a providing a taster into all the areas of technology so students have a more informed decision on the subject when it comes to options evening.  

This year develops some of the skills in year 7 (materials properties and where they come from) but also has more of a focus on making skills, precision and working from working drawings.

This year is about developing student’s ability to build and understand the workshop tools and associated health and safety so they are more able to build the products they design. It is also very difficult to design products if you do not have knowledge of how they can be built. This year is also about teaching students to be able to read working drawings so they are able to interpret these correctly. This skill is then developed at KS4 when students have to produce such working drawings. This is a cornerstone of most manufacturing industries as drawings convey all important information in these sectors.


The Wind Turbine

The wind turbine project covers core GCSE theory areas of knowledge in structures and electronic systems as well as introducing the concept of design and technology and our world. It allows students to explore a wide range of global issues around energy production and the environment as well as adding a practical element to make task. Working drawing need to interpreted and structural design is also covered in basic form so students understand the main concepts behind making things stand up.


The Rattle Project

Rattle project is the only task in year 7 and 8 that really looks at practical skills, covering marking out, the wood lathe and all the workshop hand tools. It also provides an opportunity to look at drawing skills and how to read technical drawings which is a requirement for KS4.

This area also looks at timber, how it is produced, sustainability and working properties. This topic looks in more detail at one of the most common workshop materials and which students will almost certianly use if they study the subject at KS4, but also an increasing common material in everyday life due the “green” credentials this material tends to have over all others. TImber will become increasingly important as a designer’s material.


Music Technology

Music Technology is a brand new course added this year to the year 8 carousel. Throughout the course students learn how to become sound engineers, producers and digital musicians. Students will learn how to set up microphones, cables and speaker systems. They will apply their gained knowledge to many scenarios including sound effects for movies and recording musicians in a studio. This allows student to discover how music is created in a professional setting and how the audio is manipulated for different roles.