Food Technology

Summary of Department


As part of their work in food technology lessons, pupils are taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. We aim to instil a love of cooking in our students, learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that will enable students to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life.

Curriculum Overview

Throughout their time at New Forest School, students will be taught to:

  • understand and apply the principles of nutrition and health
  • cook a repertoire of predominantly savoury dishes so that they are able to feed
    themselves and others a healthy and varied diet
  • become competent in a range of cooking techniques
  • understand the source, seasonality and characteristics of a broad range of ingredients

The above is facilitated through dedicated Food Technology lessons for all Key Stage 2 and 3 students. Students in Key Stage 4 are able to opt for the VCERT  Food and Cookery Skills or GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition qualification providing recognised qualifications in Food Technology. Additionally, students are able to complete a certificate in Food Hygiene and a first aid qualification which support all forms of work in the catering industry.

Career & Training Progression

The VCERT  Food and Cookery Skills and GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition qualifications providing ideal stepping stones to college courses in Catering and Hospitality. Alternatively, they provide recognised qualifications which will support an application for apprenticeships or jobs in the catering sector, particularly when combined with a Food Hygiene Certificate and First Aid qualification.

Food Technology