Food & Nutrition

Food and Nutrition is a skill for life.

Food & Nutrition is essentially a practical subject which, in addition to teaching culinary techniques, improves organisation and time management and develops problem-solving skills. At the heart of what we do is always the safe and hygienic use of equipment and ingredients and the need to be mindful of our privileged position of always having sufficient to eat and a wide range of ingredients to use.

We want the girls to be confident in the use of equipment and to develop skills and techniques that they can use and build on throughout their lives. They also become knowledgeable about current nutritional trends and advice.

Food & Nutrition is taught within a modern, well-equipped, bright and hygienic kitchen by well qualified, knowledgeable and enthusiastic teachers.

Girls in Years 7 and 8 follow a course that covers basic topics such as knife skills, cake, pastry and sauces, the importance of breakfast and making simple dishes for main meals. We build the girls’ confidence and independence in the use of equipment and ingredients. They are encouraged to explore a wide range of ingredients and develop a sound knowledge of nutrition.  In Year 9 the girls work on three topics, ‘fast food need not be junk food’, ‘healthy eating’ and ‘around the world’, developing and practising their skills.

In Years 10 and 11 girls may choose to study GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition, this covers areas such as food commodities, principles of nutrition, diet and good health, the science of food, where food comes from and cooking and food preparation.  The Home Economics A level course is available in the Sixth Form.

We offer cookery clubs for several year groups. A Ready Steady Cook inter-house competition and regular Saturday workshops are enthusiastically supported. Other subject areas and the boarding houses are encouraged to use the facilities provided by the department as part of the curriculum and for fun and social activities.