KS3 Textiles

During KS3 students work on projects which include designing and making printed cushions/bags and shirts.

We are a well equipped department with 37 Bernina Sewing Machines, 5 Overlockers and 1 Embellisher machine. We also have three heat presses for fabric printing, a sublimation printer for digital fabric printing, screen printing equipment and over 30 dressmaking mannequins.

Year Group

Areas of Study


Sewing machine operation

Drawing and recording for design and pattern design 

Design development techniques

Printing and hand sewing techniques


Free motion sewing machine operation

Drawing and recording for design and pattern


Computer aided design using Photoshop

Pattern design for garments

Garment shape design

Design development techniques

Printing and hand sewing techniques

Basic level pattern cutting

Printed textiles techniques

Constructed textile techniques


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KS4 GCSE Textiles



Outline of the Course

  • Coursework (60%) – a main sustained project and a mini project over two years.
  • Students have the opportunity to learn and develop practical skills in textiles. Skills covered include: transfer printing, block printing, screen printing, reverse applique, bondaweb applique, free machining, fabric manipulation techniques and a range of art techniques. The focus of lessons enables students to build their confidence when experimenting with a wide range of techniques to ensure they can develop their projects in an individual and personal way.
  • Practical exam (10 hours) Students receive a choice of exam question to base their studies on in January. A practical exam which allows students to make their design occurs in May of Year 11. There is no theory element to this course, it is 100% practical.



Type of Assessment





Sept of Year 10 to Jan of Year 11. Students receive a detailed schedule to plan their project base time



Practical exam

10 hours (not including prep time Jan-May in
Year 11)


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KS5 A Level Textiles

AQA Art and Design: Textile Design

Textiles A Level is incredibly popular in the 6th form, with a large number of external students joining existing students in choosing Simon Langton for their textiles studies. Mini projects at the start of Year 12 ensure that all students have the opportunity to develop their own skills through a wide range of printed, stitched and constructed textile techniques.

The personal investigation project allows students to independently research and study artists, an area of fashion or a theme or concept that interests them and produce reflective practical work based on this. Trip have included The Knitting and Stitching Show and The Clothes Show. Students have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through volunteering to become a 6th form technician and to run the yearly Fashion Show to exhibit all student’s work.

Coursework (personal investigation) 60%

Exam (practical) 40%

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