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We aim to enable all students in our care to achieve their full potential by enjoying learning about textiles in society, setting challenge and developing creativity in a safe working environment. TEXTILES
Head of Department

Mrs Vivienne Flowers

Teacher of Textiles

Mrs Amanda Schwarz


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School Trips

The department has arranged a number of trips to support the subject including Year 9 trip to V & A Museum 1980s exhibition, Clothes Show Live, gallery and industrial visits.  


Many of our talented students have both won and been placed in the annual Isle College fashion challenge competition. 

Congratulations to Jemima Wakefield, 9N, who has won the College of West Anglia fashion challenge competition for the second year in a row. This is our 5th winner of the Challenge. Monika Jutrzenka Trzebiatowska, 10N, Molly Abraham, 10S, Hollie Martin, 9C, Rebecca Oglesby 9P, and Megan Bellamy, 9S, were named as finalists. Spalding High School has also been awarded 'The best series of designs' for the tenth year. These are outstanding achievements and well done to all those who entered. The theme this year was celebrating the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland. Textiles students were asked to design a theatrical costume based on Lewis Carroll's story.

Financial contribution

All pupils are kindly asked for a contribution which is carefully set according to practical needs of the year group, retail cost, and schemes of work. A letter to parents is sent home with each student. A3 files and additional fabrics are available for purchase and we are usually able to cater for most requirements if approached.

Click here to view 2017 Price List (pdf format)


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The department is housed in a purpose built Technology Block having two very well equipped and attractive teaching rooms that have a data projector in each. Computers connected to the school network and the Internet give pupils easy access for any related research and design work needed to produce their work.

All pupils are reminded that the facilities of the department can be used at lunchtimes, if permission is sought, to complete challenging designs. 6th form Textiles students are positively encouraged to spend some of their study time in the department.

Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 all students have the opportunity to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in a variety of material areas. Each year they build on developing their skills in a wide range of design challenges .In Key Stage 3 technology is delivered on a 12 week rotational basis by the areas of Food, Textiles and Product Design. All KS3 pupils follow a course of study which covers PoS which have been closely mapped with other material areas across Technology.  During design tasks, students are encouraged to be creative and develop their own ideas with confidence.

Key Stage 3 scheme of work (click for link)

Year 9 options (click for link)

Key Stage 4 GCSE AQA Textiles Technology full course

This interesting and challenging course investigates the wide use of modern fabrics and components integrating the use of Computer Aided Design and industrial practices through designing and making projects. The controlled assessment (coursework) element consists of one product based either on a fashion or furnishing theme that will take the form of a design folio and an original practical outcome of high quality.

This enjoyable course can lead to a wide range of career opportunities such as Fashion Design, Science and Technology and Marketing and Advertising in the Textiles industry. Students find this course is a good foundation for A’ Level Textiles Technology.
GCSE Pupil questionnaire comments

Good teacher support’
‘Thorough teaching’
‘Felt able to ask for help and gained confidence’
‘Can work independently but ask for help if necessary’ 
Have loved course’
‘Have fun but still work hard’
‘The deadlines set helped throughout the coursework’

GCSE scheme of work (click for link)

(click for links below to AQA website)
GCSE specification
GCSE Past papers and mark schemes 

Key Stage 5

In Key Stage 5 the Textiles Department offers an AS and A2 course in AQA Product Design: Textiles. Specifications are carefully planned to match 2 teacher’s expertise in relevant areas. Y12 coursework follows the portfolio approach and Year 13 has one Design & Make client led project. It is helpful, but not necessary, for candidates to have studied GCSE Textiles Technology before commencing work on this specification. It is essential that students opting for this course have a keen interest in designing and making. Most students go on to textiles related higher education degree courses including fashion and textiles design teaching and textiles science. Other students who have enjoyed Textiles have used the course to gain valuable UCAS points such as Law, Journalism, Business and Theatre performance.

‘Really thorough teaching’     
‘Great teacher support’ 
‘The deadlines set helped throughout the coursework’   
‘Enjoyed portfolio approach ‘
‘I love learning about fibres and fabrics’ 
‘Lots of practice at exam questions’

A level Textiles specification link

Textiles in the sixth form (click for link)