We are delighted that Prior's Field won the 2009, 2013 and 2015 Good Schools Guide Award for GCSE Textiles. The guide analyses the results of the previous three years and aims to highlight excellent teaching in individual subjects.
Textiles is available at both GCSE and A Level and contributes to the strength of arts subjects across the school. Each year, in the Summer Term, the GCSE and A Level Arts exhibition is a very popular event.
The pupils design wallhangings based on an Indian theme. They then use wool fibres to make a felted piece of fabric which will be embellished with embroidery and sequins.
The second years look at the work of painter Georgia O'Keeffe as an inspiration for cushion designs. They learn how to silk paint or print, dye fabric and use the sewing machine to construct their cushions.
The third form creates design ideas using a given brief. They learn how to use photoshop to create a transfer print for a pocket. Using their own made patterns they will then go on to make a fully lined bag with their chosen print transferred onto a pocket.
Fourth Form - GCSE
In this task the fourth form learn about fibres and fabric while exploring techniques such as fabric painting, dyeing, felting, silk painting and machine stitching.
Fourth Form - Catwalk
In this project the fourth form had the opportunity to design a garment to be modelled by Prior's Field girls in a fund raising event at the school.
Students are able to explore and express their own ideas through a wide range of textile materials and techniques. End products could be anything from wall hangings through to fashion designs, garments, 3D sculptures and masks.