Mrs J Clemmens - Teacher of Textiles



KS3 Subject Content

Year 8

Textiles at KS3 is delivered as part of the technology rotation. The unit generally lasts between 7 - 9 weeks and is designed to give a taste of the learning and opportunities that Textiles can offer.


We begin with an introduction to Mexican Day of the Dead and learn about the festival and the customs associated with it. Students design a Sugar Skull to go on a cushion. Students will learn how to use the sewing machine and will learn about Health and Safety in the textiles room. They will then go on to design and make a cushion using applique and decoration such as embroidery and beading.


Students are assessed on their knowledge and skills at the end of the unit.


KS4 Subject Content

This exciting Art & Design qualification can be achieved through three different pathways. Students must decide which route (Art, Textiles or Photography) will best suit their creative interests and skills.


The information on this page is for Textiles.

An Art and Design course with a focus on creating art with fabric, material and sewing skills informed by research. This course is ideal for students who want to showcase their ability in designing and producing 2D and 3D art. Studying this subject will provide students with a portfolio of work which can be used to apply for creative courses at college. Textiles can lead to careers in fashion, film, TV, theatre, retail, museums and galleries as well as fantastic opportunities for self-employment.

The course is focused on hand and machine sewing techniques and all research and evidence is presented as a sketchbook portfolio. This course is well suited to students who want to combine their passion for being creative with an interest in exploring and mastering new techniques. For example, we have a dedicated Textiles classroom with access to everything you need to produce successful fabric-based work. Other skills such as trapunto, embroidery, printmaking and tie-dye are also popular.

The course has a compulsory element of writing and drawing where students are expected to research and write about themes and ideas, analyse artists work in detail and annotate and evaluate their own work.


The final GCSE grade is based on a coursework unit (Unit 1: 60%) and an externally set assignment (Unit 2: 40%). In addition to normal teaching, unit 2 requires students to work independently (under exam conditions) for a 10 hour period. All work is assessed using 4 assessment objectives:

AO1: Develop Ideas (worth 25% of total marks)
The ability to research and analyse the textiles work of historic and current artists and designers.

AO2: Refine Ideas (worth 25% of total marks)
The ability to be creative and explore new techniques, equipment and ideas.

AO3: Record Ideas (worth 25% of total marks)
The ability to use drawing, photos and annotation to record your ideas, thoughts and planning.

AO4: Present Ideas (worth 25% of total marks)
The ability to present a project that addresses and follows a specific theme (e.g. pollution).

For further information please contact Mrs J Clemmens - Textiles Co-ordinator - jclemmens@redbridgeschool.co.uk