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Aims & Philosophy of the Home Economics Department

The aim of the Home Economics department is not only to give all girls the opportunities to achieve academic excellence but also to promote quality learning through the study of food and to inspire an interest in the study of  nutrition and creativity. We aim for each girl to be able to live more healthily and to enjoy the pleasure of cooking for themselves and others, developing a passion for this subject area.

Overview of Key Stage 5 Curriculum

At AS level, girls gain in depth knowledge on food, nutrition and health. While the course provides a natural progression from the GCSE option, ti is equally suitable for girls who have not previously studied the subject. The content provides a useful introduction to Social Science as well as the study of diet and health. The curriculum is contemporary and takes into account the changing needs of society. An experimental and investigative approach is pursued through the medium of practical cookery, enabling girls to understand relationships between different areas of the subject and link back theoretical studies to practical situations.

The A2 level course continues to build on the skills developed at AS level, following the same format in terms of teaching styles and learning strategies. The course content focuses on nutrition and food production and involved the completion of an investigative study. This approach enables the girls to explore an aspect of the syllabus in detail and to use a variety of research techniques which will be invaluable for further study.

What makes the department unique from those at other schools?

We are very proud of the opportunities for the girls which go beyond classroom teaching. Each year we hold the inter-House “Master Chef” competition which sees 48 girls drawn from every year in the School competing for the title, along with many other excellent events such as the Year I Tea Party, after school cooking clubs, GCSE trips to Patisseries and many more extra-curricular opportunities.

We provide an inspirational environment that not only encourages creativity, innovation, risk taking and independence but also actively celebrates success.

To learn about the Home Economics Department
curriculum in other Key Stages please choose a link