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Key Stage 3 Textiles

In Design and Technology Textiles pupils combine practical and technological skills through creative thinking to design and manufacture products that meet human needs. They learn to think creatively to improve the quality of life and solve problems as individuals and members of a team. Through design and technology, pupils develop confidence in using practical skills and become discriminating users of products. They apply their creative thinking and learn to innovate.

In Key Stage 3, students build upon their experience in primary school through a range of designing and making assignments, including key skills in literacy and numeracy. They study and work with a variety of  textiles equipment and techniques and have one lesson per week with a Textiles specialist.

Year seven students very quickly develop their deigning and making skills to produce an African Adinkra Printed Bag ( Adinkra designs are traditional in Ghana)

Year eight students will build on the skills developed in Year seven to produce a polyester fleece hat  based on an animal. They will also investigate the importance of developing sustainable textiles ad how polyester fleece can be made from recycled plastic bottles.

Year nine students will continue to build on their practical and designing skills to experiment with a wide  variety of decoration techniques such as tie dye, batik, embroidery and applique. They will then chose their favourite techniques and use these to decorate a set of juggling bags.

GCSE Textiles

In Year 10, students can specialise in the area that they have particularly enjoyed previously. The  GCSE Textiles course involves theoretical and practical studies through design and make projects. The final controlled assignments are assessed and put forward to the examination board. They are worth 60% of the GCSE.

There is also a final written   examination in June worth 40%.

The projects included in the course are designed to appeal to both male and female students, so everyone who enjoys working with textiles should opt for these courses.  The skills gained involved problem – solving, project management, presentation, product analysis and evaluation are such that they could apply to any future job opportunity


Our results are above average because we carefully support each student with individual work and revision guides and we make our lessons relevant and interesting.

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A Level Textiles

The A Level Textiles  course is for those wishing to follow an art-based approach to Fashion, Textiles and Design, concentrating on experimentation with a diverse range of specialist techniques and processes. You will need to have a skill and passion for creativity and be prepared to use drawing and recording of primary research as a starting point for designs. The coursework comprises of 60% of the overall mark. It is therefore essential that you are highly motivated to consistently work on your projects.

Exam board: http://web.aqa.org.uk/qual/gce/arts/art_textiles


The course will enable you to see the world around you in a new way, giving you lateral thinking and analytical skills which are greatly desired by employers. The course may also prepare you for  a degree, employment or freelance work in areas such as:

  • Interior design
  • Colour and trend prediction
  • Fashion, textiles and textile buying
  • Visual Merchandising
  • Textile design or surface pattern
  • The fashion and clothing industry

Enrichment Activities

Interest in Textiles is reflected in the thriving clubs held at lunchtime and after school activities  .

Students are also encouraged to produce entries for  internal and external competitions including the Bradford College Design Awards, where we were delighted that Xaira Castro won first prize in the fashion competition and Lorna Parker won second prize in the Interior  design competition.

Congratulations to Aminah Hamzaoui who has had photographs of her A Level Textiles jacket published in ‘Cutting Edge’ magazine.

Aminah Hamzaoui, Maryam Ashfaq and Mariam Saba also have their A Level Textiles work on display at the Red Kite Alliance Exhibition at Harewood over the summer.

We also visit the Clothes Show at the NEC Birmingham with GCSE and A Level students as part of their  fashion research.

Year 8 Animal hats

In Year 8 Textiles, pupils are currently in the process of designing and making an animal hat using polyester fleece.

Pupils have already developed knowledge and skills in designing, writing a specification and understanding their target customer. Pupils were then given the opportunity to do some fun group work where they had to use their modelling skills to make a prototype of their final hat using only paper.

Pupils showed excellent team work and creativity in how they solved problems. Watch this space to see photos of the final products in February!

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Lawnswood School continues to be a good school!

See our recent Ofsted feedback here >>