Food Technology

The Food Technology curriculum is diverse, innovative and promotes creativity, with opportunities focusing on the essentials of food and nutrition.

Head of Department: Miss Seema Singh

The Food Technology Department, which comes under the umbrella of Design and Technology, aims for excellence and strives for the highest possible standards. The curriculum covers a wide range of skills and techniques, and girls will develop a thorough understanding of nutrition, food preparation and the working characteristics of ingredients.

Lower School curriculum

Food Technology is part of a ten-week carousel where each year group has a themed topic and all projects in Design and Technology are related to a specific theme.

In Remove (Year 7), girls work on a skills-based project covering knife skills, using the cooker safely, sauce making skills, methods of cake making, cake decorating, pastry making and preparing and cooking of cereals.

In Lower Fourth (Year 8), the girls prepare and cook foods influenced by French culture. Some of the dishes include millefeuille, mini quiche Lorraine and mini tarte tatin. All the dishes created are suitable to be served as canapés at an exhibition promoting the French-themed work from Product Design and Textiles.

In Upper Fourth (Year 9), the girls work on a specification based on a party or classic theme. They are involved in designing and making party invitations and preparing and developing party food.

Key stage 4 and 5 (GCSE and A Level)

In Lower Fifth and Upper Fifth (Years 10 and 11), girls may opt to do Cookery General which, whilst it has no formal certification, it is valuable for the development of skills. In Lower Fifth, the dishes prepared are based on ‘Great British Favourites’. In Upper Fifth, the course is based on ‘Essential Cooking’ in preparation for university and life beyond.

In the Sixth Form, girls have the opportunity to take the popular Leiths Introductory Certificate in Food and Wine. The duration of the course is five terms, after which girls sit a written examination and a three-hour practical examination.

Further information about Food Technology and Leiths may be obtained by contacting the Head of Design Technology and Co-ordinator of Leiths, Miss Seema Singh

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