Textiles is a subject our students find hugely enjoyable and which teaches them practical garment designing and making skills.
Years 7, 8 and 9
Years 7 and 8 girls study Textiles for one hour per week. They explore the subject by developing their design ideas linked to a variety of different contexts. Practical skills are taught from the beginning of Year 7 and all girls develop a level of basic competency on the sewing machine during their first year at St Mary's. During Year 8 the girls use a commercial sewing pattern for the first time, designing and making a pair of pyjamas.
In Year 9 the girls study Textiles for two hours per week for a term, this is in conjunction with Food which they also pursue for two hours per week for the next term. In the final term of Year 9, the girls study either Textiles or Food depending upon their preference / GCSE choices. During Year 9 the girls explore a wide variety of decorative techniques from crazy patchwork, tie dye, machine and hand embroidery, quilting and beadwork are some examples.
In past years, pupils from Year 9 have won two national design competitions. Three pupils submitted a joint design proposal for a fair trade school uniform and were chosen as one of the winners. Their designs were made up in a fair trade clothing factory in Mauritius. The factory manager visited the school to present the awards and visited the Textiles department to meet the pupils. A Year 10 pupil won a highly commended award in a '1950's Design Challenge' and her work was displayed at The Knitting and Stitching Show in London. This summer a group of Year 9 pupils won first prize at the Tendering Show for their farming inspired bunting!
Years 10 and 11
For more information about the current GCSE syllabus, please download the latest St Mary's GCSE Options Guide: