St Bede's Inter-Church School

St Bede’s Inter-Church School

“Cum Deo - With God”  •  Cambridge
St Bede’s Free School Go
Ofsted Outstanding


Key Stage 3

Year 7

Year 7 students are taught Textiles Technology for one hour per week over half the school year. Beginning with a baseline assessment, students are introduced to Health and Safety in the Textiles room and are taught how to use a sewing machine and improve their hand sewing skills. Students work on two projects:

1. Cushion: Students research, design and create a cushion using the appliqué technique.

2. Wall Hanging/Bunting: Students design and create a wall hanging or string of bunting.

Students are encouraged to evaluate both their own and others’ designs and finished products.

Year 9

In Year 9, students have two hours of Textiles Technology per week.  Assessments cover three projects on a range of topics:

1. Phone or iPad Case: Students research, design and create a phone or iPad case.

2. Reversible Apron: Students use construction and decorative techniques, such as pleating and gathering, to produce a reversible apron. They are also taught how to produce a lined patch pocket and attach a waistband.

3. Cushion Cover: Students are introduced to a range of patchwork, quilting and fabric manipulation techniques and subsequently produce a unique cushion cover. The techniques include:

  • decorative stitch techniques and embroidery
  • cultural patchwork techniques such as “boro”
  • crazy quilt techniques
  • yo-yos, rosettes and fringing

They are also taught design, development and annotation techniques to help improve their design skills and learn about the properties of different fabrics to help inform their choices when making a product.

Key Stage 4

Years 10 and 11

Students have two hours of Textiles Technology per week, focusing on a major Design and Make project. To provide a flavour of their final coursework project, students will design and make an item of clothing, researching sustainability and ethical issues where appropriate. During the summer term, Year 10 students begin a 40-hour controlled coursework assignment. This covers writing a design brief, undertaking research and producing a design specification, followed by several design ideas and making a toile.

During Year 11, students complete their final design and have 16 hours to make their product and evaluate the finished result. During the spring and summer terms, students focus on the theory side of the subject. Topics such as construction, finishing and decorative techniques, materials and components, industrial and commercial processes, sustainability and ethical issues will be covered and revisited.

GCSE Textiles consists of 60% coursework and 40% written examination.


Names and contact details of staff:

Mrs C Williams (Head of Vocational Education):

Mrs J Cogger (Teacher of Textiles):