The Home Economics Department covers both Food and Textiles. It has expanded in recent years and continues to ensure work is challenging, relevant to today's society and enjoyable.
Mrs C B Davey (Head of Department and Assistant Head of 6th Form)
Mrs A S Heath (Charity Coordinator)
Miss J Kukucska
Mrs C Buggea (Technician)
Mrs C Renken (Technician)
The Department has been fully refurbished in recent years and consists of 2 Food rooms each with 5 kitchen areas, 2 Textiles rooms, each with 15 sewing machines and some of the latest technology, 1 Design room with 14 computers and a Technician's work room.
During the first 3 years, all pupils follow courses in Food and Textiles for 2 periods a week. At GCSE, pupils can opt to specialise in either or both subject areas. Those wishing to follow careers in Food or Textiles can opt for the A Level in the 6th form if numbers are viable. At 6th form level we also run successful courses within the Enrichment programme for U6th groups covering topics ranging from surviving at University to advanced cookery skills as well as jewellery making in Textiles.
Our aim is to stimulate students' interest, enjoyment and curiosity through practical and theoretical tasks. Work undertaken develops confidence, decision making skills and a good level of manipulative skills whilst developing desirable personal qualities such as co-operation, perseverance, initiative and independence.
Pupils who have studied Food or Textiles often go on to follow careers in Food Science, Dietetics, and Fashion or Textile Design.
Textiles and Knitting Clubs are open to all age groups and allow pupils and staff to interact in a less formal manner. It gives the opportunity to undertake work not normally encountered within the timetable or to pursue a personal interest or hobby. The Department also runs an inter-house Ready Steady Cook competition in the Summer term.
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