In Textiles pupils combine practical and technological skills through creative thinking to design and manufacture products.  Pupils also look at art movements to help generate ideas.

Through an exciting range of products such as cushions, bags, hats, toys and games, pupils learn to:

  • Develop and plan products, communicating their ideas through drawings, mood-boards, talk, notes and ICT.
  • Work with computers, modern machines, tools and materials to produce quality products.
  • Evaluate and test both their own products and those commercially available, and evaluate their own work as they go along.
  • Develop an understanding of fabrics, fibres, materials and components.

The main aim is to enable students, through varying degrees of support and differentiation, to have fun while learning and producing products they’re really proud of.

The Textiles Technology room is equipped with twelve modern general purpose sewing machines, two computerised embroidery machines, two overlockers, a sublimation printer and a heat press for printing fabrics.

An exciting range of fabrics, threads, fabric paints, fabric crayons and dyes are also available.

“Design and Technology is about making things that people want and that work well. Creating these things is hugely exciting: it is an inventive fun activity.”
James Dyson, Chairman, Dyson Ltd.

Key Stage 3

Pupils in Key Stage 3 have Textiles Technology for 90 minutes per week for two blocks of nine weeks.

Pupils will complete 6 projects over the 3 years, that will teach the students a breadth of skills from hand sewing, machine sewing to printing and dyeing.  Pupils will make items such as soft toys and bags.

Key Stage 4

Pupils in Key Stage 4 taking GCSE will have 3 hour and an half lessons a fortnight..

Pupils will complete 3 different projects over the two years that will go towards a GCSE in Art & Design Textiles.  Pupils are able to build on skills learnt in Key Stage 3 and are able to build and design things that they want to based on a design brief.


“Tell me and I forget – show me and I may remember – let me do it and I learn.’Learning through making works!”
Prue Leith

Year 11 Final Pieces