Food Technology and Textiles

Departmental Aims:

  • Helps students to become independent, creative problem solvers.
  • Generate an interest and awareness in both designing and making, encouraging enthusiasm for their work.
  • Enable students to think creatively, being able to justify their design decisions or adapt them successfully.
  • Help students to become discriminating consumers and users of food and textiles products.
  • Provide students with the knowledge, skills and understanding about food and textile materials, tools and processes so they are able to produce quality products.
  • Develop practical capability – being able to apply knowledge, skills and understanding when designing and making.
  • To enable students to become self-sufficient and healthy young adults through the teaching of a range of skills.

The Curriculum (KS3 – 5)


food techWe follow the National Curriculum for Design Technology where students are encouraged to design and make quality food/textiles products which meet their specifications using a range of skills.

In Food the emphasis is on learning food practical skills, then developing the understanding of how to personalise and change recipes to meet varying requirements. A strong emphasis on healthy eating is throughout the KS3 curriculum.

Textiles allows students the opportunity to acquire basic machine skills, construction techniques, plus ways to apply decoration and colour, to different items.


Food TechCatering GCSE focuses on the food preparation and service aspect of the Hospitality and Catering Industry. It allows students to extend and learn new skills culminating in their ability to produce dishes suitable to be served for numerous situations. (this course will not continue after June 2017)

Art/Textiles GCSE uses the expertise of 2 departments which allows students the opportunity to experience and apply numerous techniques to a variety of pieces of work. The course enables the student to develop their own style of work without any restrictions to facilities available. This is a very successful course which consistently achieves results above the national average.

Child Development GCSE focuses on the development of children from 0 to 5 years of age giving students the opportunity to understand what parenting involves This is a very successful course which consistently achieves results above the national average. (This course will not continue after June 2017)

Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE

This new GCSE in Food Preparation and Nutrition will equip learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating.

It encourages learners to cook and enable them to make informed decisions about food and nutrition in order to be able to feed themselves and others affordably and nutritiously, now and later in life.


AS/A Level Health and Social Care – This course has been designed to be delivered through work-related contexts, allowing students to develop an understanding of the diverse and complex nature of the health and social care sector. Students build skills as well as technical knowledge giving them a broad base of understanding whilst allowing them also to focus on these specialist areas: health, early years (care and education) and care of older people. For the AS, this course will not continue after June 2016 and for the A level 2017)

A BTEC Level 3 Health and Social Care course is in development for introduction in 2017

AS/A Level Art/Textiles – This course builds on the skills developed at GCSE. Work is based on research, manipulations and experimentation with materials and techniques to create a portfolio which enable students to apply for Higher Education. The course is taught jointly with the Art department.

Extra-curricular activities/visits:

Participation in the Havering and Brentwood Young Chef of the year competition.

A lunchtime Textile club for yrs 7-9 is shortly to be established.


  • Mrs R Perry – (HOD)
  • Ms K Guentcheva
  • Miss Y Ismail