Food and Nutrition
Our vision is to make a positive contribution to the health and well-being of students; we want to provide them with the knowledge and platform which will allows them to make informed choices about the food they buy and eat. We are actively working towards Soil Association Accreditation and believe in having traceable, ethical food we can trust.
We have a purpose built Food Technology room, which is very well-equipped and attractive and comfortable place for students in which to work. We also have a student run coffee shop which provides an infrastructure for real life work skills.
Our students are taught about the Health and Safety aspects of the Hospitality and Catering industry. We teach them about ethical sourcing of food and how to prepare and cook meals. We also encourage students to participate in enterprising events which provide them with transferable, employable skills.
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3, Food is taught within Design & Technology (D&T) and is also part of the Flexible Learning curriculum. Aspects of food, health and diet are covered as part of students' Personal, Social, Heath and Economic Education (PSHEE). Food Technology is a very exciting, creative and interesting subject to study. We have Kitchen Gardens, Farm visits and lots of hands on practical work in which students are taught a range of cooking techniques. Students are very proud of the food they produce.
Key Stage 4
BTEC Hospitality is offered at KS4; this allows students to combine and extend their knowledge and covers catering skills but also introduces Food Safety when dealing with food in the hospitality industry, working skills in the hospitality industry, planning, preparing and cooking nutritious food in a safe and hygienic manner. The course is very enterprising and allows students to develop team work and leadership skills especially when the students are given the opportunity to create live pop up restaurants in which they gain valuable employable skills. The course is 75% coursework and is mostly assessed through practical skills and observations.
Key Stage 5
At KS5 we offer an exciting opportunity for our students to work in ‘The Big Bean’ which is a coffee shop based in the 6th form Common Room. Students become Baristas and are trained to manage and run the café in all aspects of health and safety, customer service, supervisory skills, food and drink service and event planning. The course is assessed through a combination of practical skills, observations and coursework. Students find that they gain valuable transferable skills which are transferable to the outside world.
Our subject is very relevant one and we therefore constantly look for opportunities to link with the outside world.
We have links with Yeo Valley, Riverford, Soil Association, Vegware, Celtic Manor, University of South Wales, and Newport Gwent Dragons.
We work hard to build and retain strong links with our local and wider community. This involves working with the community with our Kitchen Gardens, and Rocket Digester. We offer Farm visits have external speakers from Industry. We hold a number of food festivals at events such the Creativity Fayre.
Teachers on the team have moderated and examined for various examination boards which enables the team to give our GCSE and A-level students the best possible preparation for their exams and coursework.