Food and Nutrition


Miss K Roberts – Subject Leader and teacher of Food and Nutrition and Child Development
Ms B McConville Subject teacher of Food and Nutrition

Mrs J Williams Subject teacher of Food and Nutrition
Mrs V Shenkelberg – Food  Technician
Mrs J Berville – Food Technician
Miss C Crossley – Teacher of Child Development

Food and Nutrition Curriculum

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8, & 9)

Pupils in years 7, 8, & 9 have one double lesson, which is 100 minutes long, each fortnight. Group sizes are no more than 22 pupils. Pupils are given the opportunity to cook a variety of different dishes which have been chosen specifically to build on their repertoire of practical skills.

Key Stage 4

GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition (Years 10 & 11)

The department offers a popular Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE course from the AQA examination board. Within the qualification, candidates will learn about the 5 key areas of Food, nutrition and health, food science, food safety, food choice and food provenance. In year 11 candidates will complete 3 formal assessments which contribute towards their overall GCSE grade. These are:

Exam: written exam, 1 hour and 45 minutes. 50% of GCSE

Non-exam assessment 1: Food investigation task 15% of GCSE

Non-exam assessment 2: Food preparation assessment 35% of GCSE


GCE Design & Technology: Food Technology

(Years 12 & 13)

Pupils follow the Edexcel course for both AS and A2 level. The A level Food Technology curriculum is delivered by two members of staff during 10 lessons of 50 minutes per fortnight.

Candidates are expected to build on both knowledge and practical skills gained at GCSE level. At both AS and A2 candidates will produce a coursework portfolio to demonstrate practical skills, knowledge and flair. In addition to this, there is also a written examination at the end of each year.

Child Development

Key Stage 4

Child Development is taught from the AQA specification. Five lessons per fortnight are allocated to the subject, one being a double.

Candidates will produce two pieces of coursework, which will form 60% of the overall assessment for the qualification. They will also sit a written examination at the end of year 11.

Let’s get cooking

The Food Technology department run a cooking club that is a very popular choice with the girls.

In the past the club have run a variety of themed workshops, including: Asian dishes, basic cookery, healthy breakfasts, GCSE practical skills workshops and university survival courses.


There are two well equipped and functional rooms within the food technology department; one of which has recently been refitted. In addition to the cookery rooms the department also has its own suite of computers. All teaching spaces within the department have access to interactive whiteboards.

Useful websites

AQA GCSE Home Economics: Child Development

Edexcel A Level Food Technology