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Textiles Technology

Textiles allows students full access to a wide range of current CAD/CAM resources such as a laser cutter, sublimation printer and CAD embroidery, supporting each student in the development and making of her own unique products.

In Years 7, 8 and 9 students build up theoretical knowledge and technical skills through a range of design and making activities. These include a culturally inspired cushion, hot water bottle cover inspired by folk art, planner cover, bunting, wash bag and dressing gown kimono wrap.

In Year 10, at GCSE level, students develop their technical, project management skills and confidence to work independently through practical projects including a decorative product inspired by Peru and a contemporary skirt inspired by past fashion eras.

In Year 11 students choose their own design brief from the range set by the AQA examination board to produce an individual controlled assessment portfolio and related high quality product, representing 60% of the final grade. The depth of theoretical study, which includes detailed information about materials and components, industrial design and manufacture, trend forecasting, fashion and market influences, is assessed by written examination at the end of Year 11.

Students who choose to study Textiles at A Level expand their range of practical and project management skills, knowledge of materials and components, design and market influences and industrial and commercial practices in order to prepare them not only for the A level assessment, but for the more academic aspects of university life and the demands of the Textiles industry.

The Textiles department offer weekly open door sessions for examination pupils to take advantage of the facilities and consult with staff regarding their controlled assessment. Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 are able to join Environment Club, a collaboration between Science, Resistant Materials and Textiles Technology, STEM club (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), Costume Club (supporting the school drama productions is also available for KS4 and 5), carry out Duke of Edinburgh project work, Christmas Stocking Club and for KS4 a Crochet Club.

 

Year 7 Indian inspired cushions

 

 

Year 8 hot water bottle covers and Year 12 bodice inspired by lightning

 

 

 

Year 12 evening bag inspired by the 1990s and Year 13 weekend bag inspired by world travel

 

Girls Division Textiles student in class

GCSE Product Dress inspired by the 1950s