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Students have the opportunity to study Textiles and work with a variety of textile materials to understand the working characteristics and properties of textiles which influence the choice of materials in design situations. We have an excellent textile suite with computers, sewing machines, computer controlled embroidery machines and a printing press.

Years 7-9 (Key Stage 3)

In Textiles, throughout KS3, various design and make projects are undertaken to improve the students’ creative and practical skills.

In Year 7, students start by making a gadget bag from recycled materials and then complete the pencil case project, with each section of the pencil being individually decorated using Textile techniques to improve the pupils’ practical skills.

In Year 8, pupils design and make a scatter cushion using appliqué and CAD skills as the decorative technique.

In Year 9, pupils learn about environmental issues and make a bag for life based on a set theme, or a re-usable sports bag. They also complete a t-shirt branding project where they design and create their own t-shirt brand based on a set theme.

Years 10-11 (GCSE)

Examination Board: AQA

During the course students will have time to develop their own design ideas and research into past and present designers. They will have the opportunity to improve their practical skills and investigate industrial practices including Computer Aided Design & electronic components.

The Unit 2 coursework element is flexible enough to allow students to work in clothing, interior design, and soft furnishing. They will be required to design and make a 3D prototype of your design.

During the two year course students will learn about all aspects of design technology. How to analyse and develop products and the impact these products have on the environment.

Sixth Form (A Level)

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We celebrate the end of the GCSE and A Level courses with a fashion show.