Lewis School, Pengam, is a comprehensive school, founded in 1729 in the parish and village of Gelligaer and, later, moved to the nearby village of Pengam, in the Rhymney Valley in South Wales. The school was founded and funded by a legacy of Sir Edward Lewis of Gilfach Fargoed in the Parish of Gelligaer, a knight, landowner and captain of industry who died in 1728. Lewis School became comprehensive during the 1970s.

Design & Technology

Design & Technology at Lewis School Pengam has some of the most up to date equipment to allow all students to meet the needs of the National Curriculum. With two Engineering workshops, one Resistant Materials workshop, a large Food room, Textiles room and a Computer Controlled Machine room, all supported with a dedicate IT Facility housing 22 PC’s.

Lewis pride themselves on the relationships they build with their students. The majority of students enjoy design & technology and is hugely popular at KS4 & 5. Lewis School currently operate a carousel system which allows the students to study all aspects of D&T including Textiles, Food, Resistant Materials and Control Systems. Within these areas students will be taught a range of skills such as Graphics, the use of CAD/CAM and Electronics. Students also have the opportunity to use computer design software called AutoDesk Inventor, ProDeskTop, Open Office Draw and 2D Design to enhance their graphic skills. The department encourages students to engage in a range of related competitions and the school work closely with the Education Business Partnership to offer events throughout the year.


Key Stage 4 GCSE

  • Resistant Materials
  • Graphic Products
  • Double Award Engineering

Key Stage 4 BTEC

  • BTEC 1.2 First Diploma in Engineering
  • BTEC 1.2 First Extended Certificate in Engineering
  • BTEC 1.2 First Certificate in Engineering
  • BTEC 1.2 First Extended Certificate in Hospitality

Key Stage 5

At KS5 students are given the opportunity to follow the Vocational route and take the BTEC 1.3 National Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering. A number of students will also have the opportunity to work in partnership with a local company as part of the Engineering Education Scheme in Wales. The school also forms part of the consortium with Ystrad Mynach College to offer BTEC 1.3 Subsidiary Diploma in Hospitality.

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