Foundation Statement

1, How does the school’s ethos underpin this subject, and what virtues have potential to be developed in our students through its study?

Art/Textiles is a deeply human activity that helps us connect with others in a way which transcends cultures and generations. It gives us a way to express joy, thankfulness, love and hope, sadness, cruelty, and despair. It helps us to understand ourselves, to explore our identity and to find a true place in the world.

Textiles needs an understanding of context. It requires highly refined skills, precision, patience, and creative thinking. Producing works of art, textiles, and fashion responses, and developing our appreciation of others’ work, can enrich our lives. It improves our empathy, compassion, and love for other people and for the world around us. Artistic and creative expression helps us to process the challenges and joys of life and turn them into solid objects and artifacts that can convey a story, a meaning or message to the world.

Virtues to be developed include: respect for truth, compassion, respect for others, co-operation, validity, authenticity, meaningfulness, discernment, expressiveness, beauty, sensitivity to others, perseverance, coordination, precision in observation and action, good judgement and interpretation, accuracy, and a fundamental sense of self.


2, What goals do we desire for our students in their study of this subject?

a. Enjoy and appreciate Textiles through experience, creation, and display by developing perception and an understanding of the language of art, textiles, and aesthetics.

b. Have a wide range of artistic, creative experiences that can produce a deeper appreciation of art/textiles and improve future aspirations.

c. Enrich students with artistic, creative skills and a deeper understanding of the meanings and purposes of Art/Textiles that can help them process their own emotions and make connections with other people, potentially leading to good mental health.

d. Encourage students to explore their identity; to understand the world around them and their place in it.

e. Link Textiles with other curriculum subjects in order to develop students’ appreciation of how they are inter-connected, whilst also enriching students’ deeper understanding of these and other subjects.


Curriculum Overview

Year 9
Year 10 to 11
Sixth Form