About the Department
Head of Department: Mrs C Kemp. Mrs Kemp is assisted by Mrs K Pugh and Mrs R Timmis.
The Food Technology department offers excellent facilities in a fun, interactive learning environment where students learn the art of culinary cuisine. Teachers within the department have a wealth of knowledge, experience and passion for the subject.
This allows our students to become more independent and functional in the outside world, that will give them the confidence to explore a range of foods to make healthier lifestyle choices and become more aware of different cultures and their cooking skills.
This is delivered through a variety of topics taught throughout KS3 and KS4 containing written and practical elements.
Key Stage 3 Food Technology
Food Technology is offered in Years 7, 8, 9. Years 7 and 9 have Food Tech for half a year rotation and Year 8 are on a term rotation. Learning to cook is a very important life skill and we encourage all students to be creative. By the end of Year 9, students leave with a usable recipe bank.
We use CAM programs to help students understand portion sizing and costing, with this our students are able to design new recipes using a combination of ingredients. Our students will be taught how to use CAD programs for designing packaging and labeling for the recipes they have created.
Students are given practical activities in which specific skills and knowledge are targeted and are given more responsibility to influence the direction of their projects and have a greater responsibility for their work. Pupils are encouraged to show their skills and creativity through practicals they carry out. Students are given work booklets to use throughout the course and have access to google classroom resources.
What you will study this year:
Healthy eating and our diets
Life skills and catering business
Equipment, basic cooking skills, health & safety, our diets, nutrition and working with new ingredients.
Foods from around the world, multi-cultural foods, food miles, staple foods, CAD/CAM.
Basic life skills, cooking with pastry, catering business project and learning about the hospitality and catering industry.
All students are assessed throughout the course for their written work and practical skills. There are tests at the end of Years 7 and 8. In Year 9, students have a practical assessment.
Key Stage 4 Catering and Hospitality
All students are given the opportunity to choose Catering and Hospitality to study in KS4.
In Years 10 and 11 students learn about the catering and hospitality industry as well as expanding their knowledge of the culinary arts. This is a popular course with outstanding results. Students benefit from excellent facilities and opportunities enabling them to gain the best possible exam results. Various trips during the year support the curriculum, e.g. a trip to The Ritz Hotel in London for afternoon tea.
Year 11 students organise their own menus and extended skills in preparation for their catering practical exam.
The Catering and Hospitality Industry
The Catering and Hospitality Industry
The industry, types of service, job roles, health and safety, legislation, food preparation, methods of cooking, culinary terms, food presentation, menu planning.
Controlled assessment, hospitality industry, types of service, job roles, customer care, quality assurance and quality control, teamwork and communication.
Mock coursework and a practical exam at the end of the year. As well as the opportunity to sit their written external examination.
Internally assessed practical Catering exam and an externally assessed written exam.
Students are encouraged to cook with their families at home to extend their knowledge. Revision sessions are offered to students after school.
Food Technology is a popular subject that allows for all students to learn and develop transferable life skills that can be used in and outside school. The Award at GCSE allows students to carry on in a career in Food Technology, Catering and Hospitality industry.
We wish to create an exciting learning environment to help our students grow a passion for cooking and healthy eating by learning new ways to cook. Practical skills are regularly showcased at events carried out throughout the school year, this allows our students to demonstrate their creative skills they have learnt in Food Technology.