Students develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of designing through the medium of Textiles and their abilities to work with, construct and embellish different types of materials. Pupils become creativity and independent tailors through exciting and modern projects.
Head of Design Technology
Teacher of Textiles
Textiles, is taught in a specialist classroom, which is well equipped to ensure that students have the best experience whilst working in this subject area. Students are taught a wide range of techniques and creative processes and are encouraged to build on their skills each year as they are introduced to more challenging methods and techniques. Students also have the opportunity to use the latest Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing equipment to build on their designing experience.
Key Stage 3 Curriculum
Students in Key Stage 3 have one lesson of Textiles per week in rotation with the other Design & Technology subjects.
Year 7s focus on a design and make projects which introduces them to the basic skills required in design and technology. They are introduced to hand sewing skills, such as appliqué and embroidery, whilst also learning basic sewing machine skills.
In Year 8 focus is on construction. Students participate in a project in which they learn how to make and use paper patterns, whilst developing creative pattern design.
During Year 9; students expand and develop the skills learnt in the previous years and asked to make a scaled garment.
Key Stage 4 Curriculum
Textiles Technology AQA GCSE students develop a set of designing and producing skills by following the AQA specification.
As part of the GCSE qualification; students are required to carry out a design project, which involves researching, design and making, and testing of the product as well as a full evaluation. The textiles GCSE also requires the students to carry out a written exam, which requires them to understand and apply their knowledge of textiles science and design.
In Year 10 students spend time learning a variety of skills to help develop their creative and practical skills. Towards the end of the year students start their Controlled Assessment task, based on topics set by AQA exam board.
Exam preparations are the main focus for Year 11. Students gain greater depth to their knowledge of textiles theory and develop their exam skills
Key Stage 5
Currently, there is a 100% pass rate in Textiles A Level.
The course offered is AQA A-level Design and Technology: Fashion and Textiles. This course has a modern and relevant focus, so students can learn about contemporary technologies, materials and processes, as well as established practices.
The qualifications place greater emphasis on understanding and applying iterative design processes. Students will use their creativity and imagination to design and make prototypes that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.