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 and computer access connected to the school network and the Internet.
All pupils are reminded that the facilities of the department can be used at lunchtimes, if permission is sought, to complete challenging designs. Sixth form textile 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 whilst gaining an understanding of the importance of design and technology in society. 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 has 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 4 GCSE AQA Design and Technology (Textiles)
This interesting and challenging course investigates the wide use of modern fabrics and components, sustainability in design and both technical principles and design principles related to textiles. Teaching is delivered through both theory lessons and the application of knowledge in design and make projects. The non-examined assessment element consists of the development of one prototype product from exploring a contextual challenge and identifying a design opportunity. This course is a good foundation for ‘A’ Level Fashion and Textiles. GCSE Pupil questionnaire comments
‘Good teacher support’
‘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 Textile Department offers an A2 course in AQA Fashion and Textiles. It is helpful, but not necessary, for candidates to have studied GCSE Design and Technology (Textile-based materials) 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 textile related higher education degree courses including Fashion and Textile Design, Fashion Communication and Marketing, Teaching and Textile Science. Other students who have enjoyed studying textiles have used the course to gain valuable UCAS points for subjects 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’