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Head of Department/Faculty

Miss Lindsey Roberts
Head of Catering


Are you the next Jamie Oliver; who wants to educate, inform and change a Nations eating habits?  Food is a subject that supports The Eatwell Guide which is about being a more informed and educated eater.  Food lessons help students read and understand food labels, checking the providence of food and making more informed choices.  Helping students to develop skills that will support them with a healthy lifestyle and skills that will support them throughout their life.

The hospitality and catering sector includes all businesses that provide food, beverages, and/or accommodation services.  This includes restaurants, hotels, pubs and bars.  It also includes airlines, tourist attractions, hospitals and sports venues; businesses where hospitality and catering is not their primary service but is increasingly important to their success.  According to the British Hospitality Association, hospitality and catering is Britain’s fourth largest industry and accounts for around 10% of the total workforce.  Since 2010, over 25% of all new jobs have been within the hospitality and catering sector with the majority of new roles falling within the 18-24 age group, according to a report by People 1PPstPP Employment in hospitality and catering can range from waiting staff, receptionists and catering assistants to chefs, hotel and bar managers and food technologists in food manufacturing.  All of these roles require further education and training either through apprenticeships or further and higher education.

Tops Tips to do well in Catering

  1. Independent learners.

    Working independently by observing and then applying to produce a range of products. This will help develop lifelong skills.

  2. Good at Evaluating and modifying.

    Through various forms of feedback you learn to evaluate accurately your progress. Through this you learn to plan and modify products and dishes by adding and enhancing. In food this will help you to cater for all dietary needs.

  3. Go above and Beyond.

    When at home and in lessons, be creative, experimental and relentless. Being able to replicate techniques and dishes again in school.

  4. Watch relevant programmes, attend exhibitions and read.

    This will allow you to get creative ideas for your own work. You will be able to develop your ideas quicker and have background knowledge to aid your work.

  5. Be highly motivated and practice.

    In food it is important that you practice what you learn, this will enable you to get the best results for every piece of work.

The Curriculum

Food is delivered to KS3 in one hourly lessons each week, over 3 terms. To study Hospitality and Catering at GCSE, students will need to choose it in the correct option block.

Mixed ability teaching

  • Learning basic knife skills, peeling and cutting methods.
  • Develop skills and add different cooking methods.
  • Refine skills in more complexed dishes.
  • Study the sections of the Eatwell Guide.
  • Prepare dishes from each section.
  • Pasta making and making pasta related dishes.
  • Cook and present final dishes.

Year 10 and 11 GCSE option.
Hospitality and Catering Level 1 and 2

  • Nutrition.
  • The hospitality industry.
  • Extensive practical work.

Independent learning

There are two main types of homework.

  • Home Learning projects – Each student will be given a mini project related to the topic being covered in lessons.  This comes in a form of a booklet and extends their learning.
  • Bringing ingredients – Every other week students will need to bring in the correct ingredients for the dish that is being cooked.

Enrichment and trip possibilities

  • Baking Club
  • FutureChef Competition
  • Year 7  Cadbury Trip
  • Year 9 Pizza Express
  • Year 10 McDonalds open day
  • Year 9 Option students and Year 10 GCSE, Trip to Sorrento, Italy

Curriculum Maps