Food

The Food department is a busy, vibrant and popular department.  Pupils show high levels of creativity, acquiring a range of excellent practical skills, working independently as well as part of a team.  They gain nutritional knowledge to be able to live more healthily and to enjoy the pleasure of cooking for themselves and others. We aim to develop an intellectual curiosity of issues affecting food production in the 21st century, whilst exploring the functional properties of the ingredients used in recipes.  Food science is a vital component and pupils are encouraged to investigate through a range of experiments.  Evaluation is also an important skill which is taught so that pupils are able to improve or develop their own work or to apply value judgements to the work of others.

All pupils study Food in Key Stage 3 when they explore the use of a variety of equipment and processes, developing self-confidence.  They also will experience working on the development of new products through design and make assignments.  Food Preparation and Nutrition is a very popular choice at GCSE.  This builds on the work done in Years 7 and 9.  In Year 10 pupils study all aspects of food studies - food and nutrition, food science, food safety and food choice and provenance.  Year 11 sees the completion of two non-examination assessments - a food science investigation and a food preparation assessment. Pupils enjoy a wealth of co-curricular opportunities which include competitions, guest speakers, a Year 8 after school club, trips and baking for fund-raising activities.