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The Belvedere Academy


We encourage our pupils to become passionate and independent learners who develop a love for design and creativity. Our aim is to ensure pupils gain a broad experience of the Textiles world and develop their imagination to foster creativity and promote personal and social development. We aim to nurture their enthusiasm for Textiles through a broad introductory foundation programme of key powerful knowledge as well as knowing how to apply a broad range of decorative techniques, fabric manipulation, use of specialised equipment and a vast range of component and fabric knowledge. During Lower School and Year 9, the Textiles Department aims to get those creative juices flowing with a range of exciting, imaginative projects that allows them to build on their textiles knowledge, skill set and attitude towards independent learning and reflection. This knowledge will be introduced through a greater understanding of the formal elements of Textiles, building on the ethos of independent thought, creative risk taking and personal development within the Textiles classroom.

The Department

The Textiles department is always a hive of creative activity; normally with Mrs Calderbank running around covered in threads, trying to find that ‘perfect’ strip of fabric that she has put down somewhere amongst the organised chaos!  With three highly skilled members in the department we fit together somewhat like an awkward jigsaw puzzle! Mrs Jecks brings a touch of outstanding artistic ability to the department and helps the pupils perfect their drawings and artistic annotation. Mrs Calderbank challenges the pupils with a range of fashion, interior and 3D creative construction skills, up to university standard, and Miss Renals-Wells brings her creative eye for design to a whole host of innovative projects. What we do all have in common, is that we love to challenge our pupils to really push themselves and realise their potential. We believe that honesty is the best policy and pupils learn from the start that they can always count on us for constructive, critical feedback, which they always appreciate in a safe and stimulating environment. The highlight in our year is the Creative Arts Exhibition where pupils get to showcase their fabulous work.

Curriculum Related Expectations

Across the Creative Arts curriculum all pupils will study three main subject areas in Lower School across each year. 

In Year 7 pupils will be taught Art, Food and Textiles, with a creative project focussing on, ‘Identity’. In Year 8 pupils will be taught Art, Food and Textiles, with a project concentrating on ‘Structure’. Finally, in Year 9, pupils will be taught Art, Food and Textiles and will be studying ‘Culture’ in design.

Key Stage 3

KS3 Curriculum Overview - Textiles

Key Stage 4

KS4 Curriculum Overview - Textiles

Key Stage 5

KS5 Curriculum Overview - Textiles



Learning the basics of Fashion Design

Draping on the stand and flat pattern cutting

Personal project guidance

Creative Career talks


The Tate 

Graduate Design show Manchester

Creative Arts and Media New York Trip


Mrs L. Calderbank - Curriculum Leader of Creative and Performing Arts, Head of Textiles and Art, Teacher of PSHE

Mrs M. Rimmer - Assistant Curriculum Leader of Creative and Performing Arts, Teacher of Music

Miss R. Renals-Wells - Teacher of Art, PSHE, Textiles, Mental Health Coordinator, Positive Champion

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