Food, Nutrition and Wellness

We provide an exclusive experience that encourages creativity, innovation and develops independent learner that work to their full potential.


Head of Department: Miss Seema Singh

A curriculum which is purposeful, innovative, exciting, and invaluable – knowledge gained in this area of study prepares girls for life and the world of work.

The Food, Nutrition and Wellness Department promotes life skills which are essential to living a healthy, balanced life. The staff are passionate about their subject areas and execute teaching and learning strategies which make learning fun, yet purposeful. The Department has the latest technology and resources for effective learning. The Department has gone from strength to strength over the last few years with an increasing number of girls opting for courses in the various disciplines within Food, Nutrition and Wellness from GCSE through to A Levels.

Encompassing a range of subjects

The disciplines within Food, Nutrition and Wellness at Downe include Food Technology/LEITHS, Textiles and Product Design.

Lower School curriculum

In Key Stage 3, all these subjects are compulsory and form part of a carousel which ranges from five to ten weeks depending on the actual year group and the girls are involved in themed projects

Remove (Year 7) – The girls work on a skills-based project spending ten weeks building on their skills and ensuring that they are making good progress with a variety of skills and techniques.

Lower Fourth (Year 8) – The girls work to a design brief for a themed project which is currently French-influenced work. The duration of the course is five weeks.

Upper Fourth (Year 9) – The girls work to a brief related to Design Eras and the duration of the course is ten weeks.

Upper School curriculum

Lower Fifth and Upper Fifth (Years 10 and 11) the girls opt for subjects within Design and Technology at GCSE Level. GCSEs are offered in Textiles – Art, Product Design and Cookery General as a non-examination option.

Sixth Form curriculum

In the Sixth Form the girls may choose to do Textiles – Art or Design and Technology – Product Design. We also offer the ever-popular LEITHS Basic Certificate in Food & Wine in the Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth years.

The independent spirit that this learning has fostered within the girls has enabled them to further their studies in a diverse range of areas including engineering, product design, fashion design at London College of Fashion, fabric identification and recognition, gap year chalet work and professional catering

Tours & Open Mornings

The best way to find out more about Downe House is to experience it for yourself. Book a personal tour or join us at one of our Open Mornings, available throughout the year.