About the Textile Department

Textiles play a vital role in almost all our daily lives and in applications we encounter every day but do not realise or even know it. We have very high expectations in the department of our pupils and our aim is to show how relevant Fibre Design and Art Textiles are today and the opportunities of a career in this field and to be inquisitive, imaginative, and expressive in their ideas to make a living and a difference.

Fibre Design Key Stage Three

Davenant students combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking in order to solve problems, be innovative and understand aesthetic, cultural, health, social, emotional, and environmental issues to make products that meet human needs.

Year 7 – Students learn the basic sewing skills using hand and machine sewing to create a storage bag and juggling balls. Students have three lessons every two weeks for the unit as part of the carousel.

Year 8 – Students experiment with decorative surface techniques to apply to the fabric and make a cushion for the teenage market. Pupils have two lessons each week for the unit as part of the carousel.

Year 9 – Students develop their sewing skills to create a fabric Tablet case. The focus is on computer aided design and application of manufactured components to the product. Students have three lessons every two weeks for the unit as part of the carousel.

Art Textiles Key Stage four

Pupils will expand their skills and knowledge acquired at Key Stage three, continuing to study the design process of textiles. The focus is very much on experimentation, creativity, expression, observation and independence. Students have the opportunity to explore a wide range of surface decoration techniques in 2D and 3D such as Quilting, Applique, Felt making, Machine Embroidery, Batik, Shibori using them in limitless ways.

Students work on drawing, design, pattern development, technique and skills to produce textile samples and final outcomes. They need to investigate the historical, cultural and contemporary aspects through the work of textile designers. We feel gallery and museum visits are really important to see work first hand and we visit the Knitting and Stitching show at Alexandra Palace.

One project is submitted for coursework assessment and a 10 hour practical Examination to showcase the students skills acquired and learning.

We teach the OCR Art & Design Textiles syllabus.


Art Textiles Key Stage Five

A Level - Over the course of the two years students will produce a body of work which continues to build upon the skills they have developed at key stage four. Our students complete a broad and balanced course to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in textiles through practical experimentation. Key areas of study are Printed and Constructed Textiles, Expressive Textiles, Fashion and Fine Art Textiles. Students submit a portfolio which includes a body of practical work based on a topic which relates to themselves, a study of up to 3000 words and a 15 hour practical Examination.

AS Level – This New specification teaching from September 2015. The students will study the elements of Art and Design and practical skills if textile processes providing a freedom for them to experiment and develop their practice in preparation for a 10 hour practical Examination selecting from the external set task. The AS assessment is 100% Examination.

We teach the OCR Art Textiles syllabus.


Davenant Textile students go on to further and higher education courses, choosing to study Art Foundation before continuing on to a Textile degree course.

The career path is vast but here are a few examples which students can follow having studied Textiles at Davenant; Textiles design, Costume and Theatre design, Fashion design, Buyer, Tailoring, Sportswear design, Advertising, Textile Engineering.