General Introduction to the subject:
‘First we eat, then we do everything else’ – MFK Fisher 1908-92
The Food department is a thriving, creative and ambitious environment where students are supported, encouraged and challenged to achieve their full potential. We believe in a hands-on approach and that students should learn through practical application and experience. Students learn a wide variety of practical cooking skills with the emphasis on savoury dishes, many of which have multicultural influences. We aim to ignite a love of food amongst our students.
‘If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with them…the people who give you their food give you their heart’ – Cesar Chavez 1927-1993
Alongside the practical element we teach the fundamentals of nutrition, food safety and hygiene to ensure that our students are knowledge rich to make sound and informed food choices.
‘To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an Art’. – Francois de la Rochefoucauld 1613-1680
We aim to improve the health, happiness and well-being of the school community, teaching pupils ways to establish lifelong healthy and sustainable eating habits.
‘One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well’
– Virginia Woolf 1882-1941
Food education is compulsory at KS3 and our students are fortunate to study Food for 1 lesson each week for the whole of KS3. This allows us to equip our students with essential life skills. It also allows us the time to develop positive experiences of food and cooking.
Our students have the opportunity to continue their Food education journey with Hospitality and Catering at KS4. We have strong links with hospitality employers who work closely with us and provide opportunities such as masterclasses and further career development.
The Food department is well equipped with two large practical classrooms that are fully fitted with domestic kitchens and a Food demonstration classroom. We are very fortunate to be supported by a technician.