Food Preparation and Nutrition

Curriculum Leader: Mrs S Perry 

All Year 7 and 8 students study Food Preparation and Nutrition for the whole year. All Y9 students study Food Preparation and Nutrition and Design and Technology on a half year rotation. At KS4 students are able to choose if they wish to continue to study Food and Nutrition as part of the options process. Students workbooks and GCSE portfolios are completed electronically on iPads and laptops and marked electronically.

Our goal is to make students independent in the kitchen and equip them with the practical life skills of being able to make their own nutritious meals. We aim for students to be inspired by cooking and to make healthy choices. We want students to be good citizens by gaining knowledge about sustainable, seasonal and local ingredients. The department supplies the ingredients to cook with and take away containers for students to carry food home. This is to support busy parents in saving time and money by buying ingredients in bulk and having everything ready for students when they enter the lesson. Parents pay for ingredients on ParentPay.


Year 7 and 8 students have a double lesson once a fortnight throughout the year focussing on cooking, nutrition and the science behind cooking. Year 9 students cook every other week in two-hour lessons to give students the opportunity to develop their cooking skills and complete theory tasks on single lessons. They learn to cook a repertoire of mainly savoury meals.


KS4 students are studying AQA GCSE in Food Preparation and Nutrition. Taking on new challenges such as cooking meals from other cultures, filleting fish and boning a whole chicken. In Year 10 students spend five hours a fortnight in Food, two hours practising their cooking skills and three hours on gaining knowledge and exam preparation. In Year 11 students complete two NEA tasks worth 50% of their GCSE. The first is a Food investigation where Students' understanding of the working characteristics, functional and chemical properties of ingredients are tested. The second is a Food preparation assessment. Students' knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to the planning, preparation, cooking, presentation of food and application of nutrition related to the chosen task. Students will prepare, cook and present a final menu of three dishes within a single period of no more than three hours, planning in advance how this will be achieved. Students will then prepare for the final written exam testing their theoretical knowledge of food preparation and nutrition.


An after-school cooking club is held for a series of weeks for KS3 students with a different theme each term, which have included Christmas cooking, Curry’s, Healthy Eating and Pasta Making. KS4 students are able to attend weekly revision sessions.


Students are encouraged to enter competitions such as Academy Bake Off and organise food events to raise money for our chosen charities.