The Food Prep Department is committed to providing pupils with a current and in-depth understanding of the workings of a kitchen. We aim to impart a comprehensive knowledge of food preparation, production and health and safety awareness, spanning an extensive range of techniques, themes and cultures.
Year 7 – In theory lessons students will learn the basics of Health and Safety in the Catering industry and begin to discover how diet and nutrition is linked to health. Practical lessons will focus on baking methods and developing knife skills.
Year 8 – This year students will explore International cuisine in both their theory and practical lessons and develop their understanding of why people make different food choices,
Including special diets and ethical concerns. Practical lessons will ask students to explore this theme further, creating dishes that suit a variety of needs.
Year 9 – Ahead of selecting their GCSE options students will gain an understanding of food science and begin to develop their understanding of high level skills and techniques through complex practical dishes.
Year 10 – In year 10 students begin their GCSE course. This year students will study Health and Safety, Nutrition and Food Science and complete their first piece of coursework, experimenting with different ingredients. Chosen practical dishes are designed to push student's skills even further and asks more of them in terms of applying theoretical knowledge to practical's.
Year 11 – In the second year of the GCSE students will complete their second piece of coursework which focusses on International Cuisine. Students will also be taught the remainder of the course content including Food Choice and Food Provenance. The remainder of the year will be focused towards preparation for the written exam.
The exam board for Food Preparation and Nutrition is AQA GCSE.
There are many opportunities to take part in extra curricular activities in Food Prep, mainly catering for school events. KS3 have the opportunity to cater and serve food for their Performance Project and KS4 are often required to cater for events such as, Graduation and Celebration of Achievement.