Our aim is to provide young people with the highest quality education, accessible to students of all abilities.

About Textiles

The Textiles department consists of two rooms on the ground floor and is staffed by three teachers.

At Key stage three, students are taught and assessed according to the National Curriculum assessment criteria for Design Technology Textiles. Key stage three are on a carousel with Food Technology and Systems and Control and therefore will only complete one year of Textiles within year 7, 8 or 9.

If students wish to take GCSE Textiles or A’ Level Textiles, they must be aware that it is Art and Design; Textile Design and will be expected to draw and design and use a sketchbook creatively.

Teaching Staff
Mrs M. Taylor - Head of Textiles
Ms. Faure Walker - Teacher of Textiles
Miss M Herring - Teacher of Textiles

Latest News

AS and A2 Art & Design Textiles Exhibition 2013

This was the first year that Textiles and Art were shown together and it made for a highly exciting exhibition. AS pupils worked on an exam title called ‘Covert and obscured’ and researched into a wide variety of topics including animals and confinement, African culture and a women’s right to education. Pupils experimented with a broad range of materials and produced mixed media pieces. I think you will agree that the results were both original and thought provoking.
A2 pupils worked on a personal project during year 13 and this helped them to hone their skills and look into a personal area of interest. Project titles included Fashion and Architecture, Fashion and Surrealism and Gothic Culture. All pupils had a completely unique approach to their titles and worked to produce striking pieces that show creativity and flair. Well done on a very successful year and we wish you luck in your future careers in Fashion!

GCSE Art & Design Textiles Exhibition 2013

This was the first year that Textiles has been exhibited jointly with Art and it was a hugely successful show. Textiles pupils worked on an exam title called ‘Force’ which was interpreted into different pieces that related to ‘Tribal Fashion’. Results included scarves, cushions, bags, belts and collars. I hope you agree that the pieces reflect a broad selection of different skills that have been executed with flair and creativity. Other pieces are related to coursework units and these included ‘natural forms’, ‘cultural world jackets’ and ‘ordinary and extra ordinary’. Well done to all year 11 pupils who worked very hard to get their sketch book and practical work finished, we wish you all the best for the future!

March 2013

Year 13 students went on a sketching trip to the Hunterian Museum which is part of the Royal College of Surgeons. They sketched gruesome specimens in jars, both human and animal.
It was a trip they will never forget, allowing them to get a closer look at the inside workings of human and animal bodies.


February 2013

Years 12 and 13 have been collaborating with the library team to put on a mini display to celebrate London Fashion Week 2013 which is currently taking place.

December 2012

During December years 12 and 13 went to Tate Britain to visit The Turner Prize exhibition. This helped with current textile A level projects and broadened pupils understanding of art and its many facets.

Uphall primary school visited the textiles department to make heat transfer and embroidered T- Shirts for ‘HEART’ (Helping Educate all Roma Together). This is a joint project between Redbridge and Brasov in Romania. The T- shirts will be sent to Brasov for the pupils to wear during football matches. Well done Uphall the results were brilliant!

Outside the Classroom

This year, pupils have been on trips to The British Museum and The Fashion and Textiles Museum. These visits are directly related to GCSE and A level projects and allow pupils to gain a wider subject knowledge as well as learn from primary research.

Support for your learning

Our aim is to enable students to express themselves through practical tasks and build a strong foundation of a wide range of practical skills across both subject areas.

We want all students to become independent learners, gaining confidence in the use of specialist equipment and terminology and ICT design programmes.

Students are encouraged to work autonomously, in design teams and as a whole class to solve design problems and create solutions. We encourage creative thinking and methodical organisation and planning of the work to be undertaken.

We actively promote the study of these subjects by both boys and girls and embrace the wide cultural make up of the school community, using it as a focus throughout many aspects of our learning experiences.

The practical skills learned and knowledge gained in these two subject areas are true life skills.

Key Stage 3 & 4 Textiles
www.tencel.com/fibers/en/textiles/55.jsp?rdc=1 (link for the English language page)