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Devonport High School for Girls

Name of Head of Department

Mrs J Tribe, BEd(Hons)

Introduction to the department

At Devonport High School for Girls students follow a curriculum that is challenging and varied. Students will develop their creativity by investigating the work of Textiles artists and apply the knowledge gained to their own work. A variety of skills will be introduced including the use of the sewing machine and a range of construction and decorative techniques. 

Key stage 3 (Year 7 and 8) 

Year 7

Students focus on photographs of the Tamar Bridge as their inspiration and use that to create some very simple black line paintings. These are used to make repeat patterns on the computer which inspire designs for a simple shirt. Various decorative techniques are used to put the designs onto fabric. Additionally they are introduced to basic hand stitches, learn to thread and use a sewing machine and cover techniques such as seams, hems, facings and eyelets, as well as how to use the room and equipment safely. 

Year 8

Students will focus on the construction techniques necessary to make a pair of pyjamas. Their designs will be influenced by the work of an artist.

Key stage 4 (Year 9, 10 and 11)  

Areas of study include:

One or more of the following

  • art textiles
  • fashion design and illustration
  • costume design
  • constructed textiles
  • printed and dyed textiles
  • surface pattern
  • stitched and/or embellished textiles
  • soft furnishings and/or textiles for interiors
  • digital textiles
  • Installed textiles.


Component 1: Portfolio 60%

Component 2: Externally set assignment 40%

Full details of the specification and assessment criteria can be found on the AQA website GCSE Art and Design: Textiles Design specification

Extra-curricular activities 

Students are encouraged to take part in a variety of enrichment activities led by the Design and Technology department, including lunchtime clubs that enable students to get help with practical work or aspects of their controlled assessment or simply to enhance their practical skills.