Alsager School

What it is like to be a ………

What it is like to be a

Fashion Designer at Alsager School

Fashion: Students learn about the ‘design and make’ process using an iterative design approach and they are encouraged to consider the work of past and present designers in order to inspire their project work. Fashion at Alsager is about being creative, unique and coming up with fresh, new and innovative ideas. 

Studying Fashion at Alsager School gives the students a chance to access information about all Design and Technology subjects; students are exposed to a breadth of knowledge including new and emerging technologies, design strategies and material areas such as woods, plastics and metals. Students also learn information linked directly to fashion and textiles including construction, manufacturing processes, and fibres, yarns and fabrics. 

We ask students to question existing fashion products and designs, considering how they can be developed and improved. Students know the importance of seeking other people’s opinions and feedback in relation to design and practical work and they are taught how to use this information to make improvements to their own work. We also challenge students to learn a range of complex practical skills such as applique, patchwork, heat transfer printing and give them opportunities to embed this into their own projects. 

I love teaching Fashion at Alsager School, I get to see the students being independent, creative and challenged in so many ways. It’s great to see how students develop their knowledge and skills and how proud they are when they produce great quality work. I love showing the students that making mistakes is all part of the learning process.  

Mrs Howard (Textiles teacher)

What does it mean to be a Fashion designer at Alsager School?

“It means stepping outside my comfort zone and using different techniques that I wouldn’t use outside this subject”.
“To be a fashion designer at Alsager School means to respect other student’s ideas and feedback given. Also, to be creative and unique and not to worry if you make a mistake”.
“To be a creative individual who respects, and is resilient towards, other people’s opinions. To learn about new and emerging technologies and the sustainability of fashion”.
(Year 10 students)

What skills have you learned in Fashion?

“To create different types of research and market research to develop ideas”.
“Different sewing techniques, how to set up a sewing machine and how to experiment with the machine”.
“To help others if they need it”.

(Year 10 student)

How do we challenge you in Fashion?

“Teachers encourage us to take the harder pathway but without making us feel uncomfortable”.
“We are challenged by making us question our designs, ‘why are you doing that?’ and ‘how will this develop in the future?’”.
(Year 10 students)

How do we make you enthusiastic about Fashion at Alsager School?

“Teachers help us with our decisions and support us”. 
“The teachers make us enthusiastic and the lessons are fun. We can use our own imagination to influence our designs.  All lessons are different, not everyone is the same”.
(Year 10 students)

How do you get to use the practical skills taught to you in Fashion, and how do they help you?

“They can help us outside school if we want to create things by ourselves at home”.

(Year 10 student)

What knowledge do you learn in fashion and how does it help you?

“You learn about different companies which helps you understand their thinking and how they have developed their product. This helps us to do the same with our products as we go through the same process of developing it and using market research to influence our decisions”.

“You learn about the sustainability of fabric and the effect on the environment, making you more environmentally aware and friendly”.

(Year 10 students)

What it is like to be an historian

at Alsager School

In year 8, students are exposed to American History, looking at emotive topics such as slavery, the Civil Rights Movement and the assassination of president John F. Kennedy. Students also learn about the journey for women’s suffrage in Britain, considering the importance of the Suffragists and the Suffragettes. Finally, our students examine WW1, by creating their own museum project.

Being an historian at Alsager School is about exploring exciting and diverse topics. In year 7, students learn about the Romans, the Medieval period, the Tudors and the Industrial Revolution. Our new introductory unit for year 7, ‘How the Humanities have changed the world?’, considers the significance of inventions and human discoveries and how they have transformed the world e.g. the development of vaccinations and planes.

Studying History is vital in terms of providing our students with impressive and transferable skills, such as the ability to select and analyse evidence, to consider significance of historical events and to identify trends over time. One of my favourite parts of teaching History at Alsager School is the invaluable discussion and class debates that take place in lessons. Our students are excellent at articulating their view and considering different historical perspectives.

Miss Baskerville (History teacher)

What does it mean to be an historian at Alsager School?

“To be a historian at Alsager School means that I know that no answer is a wrong answer as long as you back it with evidence. It also means that it is an opportunity to learn a lot about the past”.

“It means we understand about our past and how our ancestors shaped our future, and how we have the things we do today”.

(Year 7 students)

What skills have you learned in History?

“In History I have learnt how to analyse text, make better arguments when putting forward my opinion, what a source is, and which is best”.

(Year 7 student)

Why do you learn these skills?

“These skills will not just help us be better historians, they also help us in other subjects, like how to analyse a text will help in science”.

(Year 7 student)

How do we challenge you in History?

“Our teachers challenge us by not giving us the information directly, but they make us find out information from text and videos. This makes us work harder and we remember it better as we have found the information by ourselves”. 

“Our teachers always ask us ‘why’ or make us second guess our opinion therefore extending our answers”.

(Year 7 students)

How do we make you enthusiastic about the past?

“They make us enthusiastic about the past by letting us interact and find our information in new and creative ways”. 

“The teachers find ways to incorporate the things we like in to our History lessons”.

(Year 7 students)