About: Mrs Swales

Stop the bus!

Today we acquired a very special addition to the school.  Donated by ‘Go North East’ the bus will be converted into a reading zone.  Watch this space for updates as the bus goes through its transformation. 

9M English

Year 9 have been focussing on non-fiction texts and have used their knowledge to create an eye catching and informative display.

Inspired by Van Gogh

Today the printing group took inspiration from the painting ‘Sunflowers’ and used cardboard tubes to print flowers on canvas.  I am sure you will agree how talented the group are!  Next week we are off to Bowes Museum to a printing workshop. 

Dry point printing at Bowes

today we had a printing class at the amazing Bowes museum.  Thank you to Julia.


Today the group took inspiration from nature to print cards for Mothering Sunday.  They collected  foliage from the school grounds and printed their design. They also tried marbling to decorate the inside of the cards.

Printing, further explorations

Today the group enhanced fabric with printed patterns using a range of vegetable shapes.  First we chopped the vegetables to see what shapes they made.  Next, we designed a pattern which was then copied onto fabric.  

Lego printing

This is the fourth week in printing enrichment.  The students coloured a mosaic design and used this as a guide to make a print using lego.

Printing with string blocks

the group used the string block they made last week to print wallpaper.


Students went out to practise independently in shops and a cafe.

Printing masterclass #2

today the group made a string block to ink and print next week.  They glued string on a block in a shape they designed.  While waiting for the glue to dry they went back to last week’s tile and used the printing press to print their design.