All pupils have the opportunity to study the subject throughout Years 7,8 and 9 and then have the option of taking it to GCSE and A Level. The department has recently been extensively refurbished and is resourced with a wide range of up to date equipment.
There is a strong practical element to all the food courses and pupils are encouraged to build up their basic skills during the first few years so that they can develop more advanced techniques for the examination courses. Tasks are based on designing and making activities and encourage students to be creative and develop flair and imagination.
The department offers the AQA Design and Technology: Food Technology course at both GCSE and A Level. Pupils are taught to understand the function of foods and nutritional principles as well as the importance of environmental issues and sustainability. ICT is an integral part of many of the courses. After A Level many of the students go on to Higher Education and study the popular Dietetics and Nutrition courses.
We are committed to offering an extensive extra-curricular programme. The Junior girls have the opportunity to take part in the weekly Cookery Club and during the Summer Term Year 7 pupils take it in turn to invite their primary school teachers and current subject staff to an informal lunch. This is a lovely opportunity for the girls to tell their former staff about how they are getting on at the school.
Links have been developed with the Boys' Division and Year 9 pupils have the chance to do a short cookery course on Thursday lunch time. In the Autumn Term elaborate Christmas cakes are prepared at an after school club and Year 8 come to cook for fun one lunch time each week.