Simon Bishop (Headteacher)
Woodeaton Manor School,

Tel: 01865 558722

Parents & Carers Meetings

On the 2nd Monday of every half term parents and carers are invited to attend a session covering a range of topics.
Meetings usually start at 7pm with refreshments provided.

Design and Technology

In this department:

  • we have high expectations for all our pupils, whatever their ability.
  • we want to inspire our pupils to enjoy learning and give them the opportunity and confidence to take on new challenges.
  • we like to take our learning outside the classroom and make our experiences real.

We are very fortunate to have 2 specialist rooms in our school, one for Food Technology, and the other for designing and making items from Resistant Materials (usually wood). The pupils have 3 lessons a week and follow courses in line with the National Curriculum.

Key Stage 3

This is a very practical, ‘hands on’ part of our curriculum.  We establish safe working practices in the workshops and then develop practical skills. Pupils will have support in their activities whilst aiming towards being an independent worker, and learn how to function as part of a team.  Our school budget allows us to provide the ingredients and the products needed to complete all our tasks.

 Pupils will be given the opportunity to develop a range of ideas and make many and varied products. They will combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental issues, function and industrial practices. They will learn how to reflect on and evaluate present and past technology, its uses and effects.

 All pupils will become informed users and makers of products, and appreciate different religious, ethnic and cultural attitudes to food together with historical and geographical reasons for the development of particular recipes and eating habits.

From September 2013 we will be running WJEC Entry Pathways to replace WJEC Entry Level Design Technology.  The course will include a selection of units from the collection named, ‘Preparing for Work.’  Here is the link

Key Stage 4 - Food and Nutrition

Teacher: Mrs Dickinson

Course: WJEC Eduqas, GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition 9-1
Duration: 2 years – Linear

First teaching from September 2016

Pupils may choose to follow a programme of study at this level. 

Pupils may take part in design and make projects that are linked to their own interests and the community.  Projects may involve an enterprise activity, where pupils identify an opportunity, design to meet a need, manufacture products and evaluate and evaluate the whole design and make process.  Pupils use IT to enhance their work.  They will consider how food affects society and their own lives and learn that new approaches to food production have both advantages and disadvantages.  The pupils are encouraged to develop their work related skills.

The whole school are given the opportunity to cook in ‘Choices’ on a Friday.  This is reflected in the whole school policy of healthy eating and encouraging pupils to experiment with food and learn about nutrition.

Currently we are running the WJEC GCSE in Hospitality and Catering.  This can be studied as a single GCSE or a double award.  We are part of the Oxfordshire Business Education Alliance, which means we are able to join with pupils from mainstream schools in our area.  We take part in a two day event to learn about the Hospitality Industry.  The visits take place at the following establishments, Le Manoir aux Quat Saisons, Blenheim Palace, Queens College Oxford, The Holiday Inn and The Oxford Hotel.

We do a lot of fund raising.  We have a regular cake stall at the Headington Farmers’ Market on the fourth Friday of the month. The photograph below shows a selection of our beautifully displayed cakes.  This raises the profile of the school locally, can be used as a form ofwork experience and has cross curricular links with the Btech Work Skills course.

We have very high standards and have catered for many parties and functions which include the school Christmas lunch and the buffet for our Awards celebration in the summer term.  The Psychological Society had their 2012 Conference here, the menu we provided can be found here.

We like to give to others who are not as fortunate as us.  This includes inviting some pupils for Mabel Pritchard, a Special School in Blackbird Leys, to a Christmas Party.  We provide a buffet of delicious food, entertainment and presents from Father Christmas himself.