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Sixth Form Textiles students report on wonderful opportunities this week: “On Saturday, we went to the Knitting and Stitching show at Alexandra Palace, London. The trip provided an opportunity to collect ideas for our A-Level work and talk to professionals about possible careers. We saw the work of many leading textile artists such as Dionne Swift, Alice Fox and Cos Ahmet, in over 20 galleries.

We also saw innovative work by young graduates – selected as examples of excellence by the National College of Art and Design and the Embroiderers’ Guild – which challenged traditional ideas of stitching and surface embroidery.” “On Thursday, we were delighted that the milliner Caroline Jones came into school to talk about her work and Guildford business ‘The Mad Hatter’.  She showed us some of her collection, describing how she designs, plans and makes her hats. We were then able to create our own fascinating designs from earlier sketches; Caroline gave us professional advice on how to realise these ideas, which was very challenging.”

Fifth Form girls, planning to study Maths and Science at university, attended a day hosted by the Mathematical Institute of Oxford University. They sampled lectures in Statistics, Computer Science, Earth Science, Philosophy, Materials, Biomedical Science, Engineering and Biochemistry, to help choose their A-Level subjects and possible degree courses. The girls also found out about life as a student in Oxford, visited Jesus College and came back to Prior’s Field buzzing, with sights set high.