Bolton School Senior Girls

Textiles Technology

The Textiles specialist area of Design and Technology allows students full access to a wide range of current CAD/CAM resources such as a laser cutter, sublimation printer and CAD embroidery machine, 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 designing and making activities. These include a culturally inspired cushion, hot water bottle cover inspired by folk art, planner cover, kimono style dressing gown and make-up bag.

In Year 10, at GCSE level, students develop their technical and project management skills to enable them to work independently through a range of small practical projects including a batik picture, a patchwork cushion, a screen printed Christmas decoration, a contemporary skirt and a silk painted lantern.  They develop their research and drawing skills through a mini contextual challenge. Theoretical topics are learnt through project work and specific theoretical lessons.

In Year 11 students choose their own context to work with from the range set by the Edexcel examination board to produce an individual non-examination assessment task comprising of a portfolio and related high quality product, representing 50% of the final grade. The theoretical study is assessed by written examination at the end of Year 11.

Students who choose to study Fashion and 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 non-examination assessment.   Students in Year 7, 8 and 9 are able to join Environment Club, a collaboration between Science and Design& Technology.  STEAM club (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) currently making a hot air balloon, Costume Club (supporting the school drama productions is also available for KS4 and 5), carry out Duke of Edinburgh project work.



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