Year 9 Design & Technology Careers Morning
On Friday 10th November 2023, the Design & Technology department held a special D&T Careers morning for all of Year 9.
Six designers/makers were invited in to run a series of workshops with our students. They all took part in the 6 workshops across the disciplines of Fashion & Textiles, Product Design, Interior Design and Lighting Design. The workshops were short (30 mins each) and got the girls thinking about their GCSE D&T choices.
In one of the Fashion & Textiles workshops, Kelly Scanlon, an ex-Presdales student, talked about her work and the route to where she is now, and then got the girls to design a t-shirt with a theme. Jody Plow, (daughter in Year 7) runs a sustainable fashion brand, Nobody’s Child, and got the students thinking about sustainable fashion choices. Simon Thorp (daughter in Year 11) did a workshop on lighting design, where girls drew lighting onto purple paper images with white pencils.
Alison and Matt Gray (daughters in Year 10 and 7), ran two fabulous separate sessions about design choices, and redesigning spaces, which our students really enjoyed and participated in.
Zoe Hillyard is Course Leader of BA Hons Textiles Design at Birmingham University. Though she has delivered her workshops in person before, this year she did an online session, where the students did a zero waste repeat pattern workshop.
This day was a fantastic opportunity for the Year 9s to get an introduction into the life and work of a designer. Hopefully they will be able to make their choices more easily when it comes to choosing their options for their D&T GCSEs.
Meet the Design & Technology Professional Team