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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
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.  

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 Years 7 and 8 technology is delivered on a 12 week rotational basis by the areas of Food, Textiles and Product Design. Year 9 has 2 rotations of 18 weeks. 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)

Key Stage 4 GCSE AQA Design and Technology (Textiles)

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 non-examined 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 specification(links to AQA website)

Key Stage 5

In Key Stage 5 the Textiles Department offers an A2 course in AQA Fashion and Textiles. 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)