From classroom to catwalk at Skerton

BTEC Fashion and Clothing Level 2 Diploma students at Skerton High School wearing some of their creations, from left, Stacie Burns, Gemma Dixon, Sophie Howard, Cara Bennell and Louise Heaton.
BTEC Fashion and Clothing Level 2 Diploma students at Skerton High School wearing some of their creations, from left, Stacie Burns, Gemma Dixon, Sophie Howard, Cara Bennell and Louise Heaton.
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Fashion-conscious pupils at Skerton High School have designed and made their own outfits for a Lancaster clothes shop.

The girls studying a BTEC fashion and clothing level 2 diploma came up with their own designs for outfits, which could soon be on sale at Room 12 in the city centre.

Learning mentor Julia Fox, who teaches the course, said: “It is a specialist course where the students learn how to design, pattern cut, manufacture and market their products.

“As you can imagine it’s popular with the girls as they gain the opportunity to create their own ideas, following the design process through from start to finish, learning valuable skills along the way.

“It is rare that a secondary school can offer such a specialist qualification as you need a specialist in the subject to deliver it.

“I think we might be the only school in the north west who offer it in Year 9 as an option as it’s usually offered in colleges.”

The pupils have designed a range of tops in conjunction with Room 12.

“They were asked to design these in line with the current trends and the type/style of tops you might find in Room 12,” said Mrs Fox, who previously worked as a professional designer in the bridalwear industry for 25 years.

“Pupils visited the shop to gain an idea of style, colour, shape.

“The staff at Room 12 were fabulous and allowed the students to spend time doing research.

“They were allowed full access to the whole shop and were happy to give as much help as possible despite the shop being busy with customers.”

It is hoped staff at Room 12 will now provide professional feedback to the pupils and will help with the overall evaluation.

“It’s great that local businesses are able to offer their experience and guidance to these young people,” Mrs Fox added.

The students are now starting a unit which involves marketing and promoting their garments.

Mrs Fox said: “It’s a fantastic course to teach to young girls because they come out with a product at the end of it.”