In Food and Nutrition we encourage pupils of all abilities to make full use of their talents and reach their potential. The department is housed in the Hodgson Building which was recently redesigned and refurbished. The building provides spacious accommodation and includes a large computer suite, a Food preparation kitchen with an ICT room, a Nutrition teaching room with a demonstration kitchen. Pupils have gone on to a variety of excellent universities to read courses such as, Product Development, Nutrition, Dietetics, and Nursing.
Pupils are encouraged to enter external competitions such as the Rotary Young Chef competition (the regional final was won by one of our pupils this year) and to gain level 2 qualifications in Food Hygiene – required for holiday jobs.
Years 9, 10 and 11 have all had the opportunity to take the level 2 Food Safety in Catering Certificate with great success.
This year we invited Glenn Cosby into school to demonstrate advanced cookery skills which the Year 11’s included in their GCSE controlled assessment tasks.
Over this academic year we have used the expertise of sports nutritionists, dieticians and home economists to aid both GCSE and A level coursework.
All pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 have Food and Nutrition lessons giving them the opportunity to gain experience both theoretically and practically in food related skills. Recent food projects have included making bread, pastries, sauces, vegetable dishes and dishes from around the world such as chilli con carne, pizza, spaghetti Bolognese and Thai green curry.
In Food and Nutrition we want our pupils to have a passion for food and to be able to prepare and create a variety of foods with independence and confidence. Pupils are educated about the benefits of healthy eating, making wise food choices and the impact this has on their health, concentration and sporting success. In Year 7 pupils are taught about health and safety, using food preparation equipment and making items such as scones, tomato pasta and fruit salad. Year 8 learn more advanced skills such as pastry, bread and quiche and by Year 9 pupils are working more independently, making chilli con carne, quesadilla with sour cream dip and samosa. The aim is to prepare the students for GCSE and to provide them with the important life skills they need to fend for themselves when they leave school and go onto university or the world of work.
Pupils have the opportunity to study Food and Nutrition at GCSE.
What are the main topics?
In Food and Nutrition, pupils learn the theory by using food preparation skills to actively learn about food nutrition and health, food safety, food science, food provenance and food choice. Two NEA tasks (non-examination assessment) are taken which are much shorter and less time consuming than the current controlled assessment it is replacing. ICT is used for nutritional analysis, costing, taste panels and presentation of folders. NEA is worth 50% of the total marks.