Our Catering and Food Technology teacher – Mrs Waring, has worked at Settlebeck for 5 years. Previously she worked within the Hotel industry as a Hotel Manager at a large Luxury Lake District Hotel. She decided to have a career change and bring her experiences to us here at Settlebeck.
At Key Stage Three it is our aim to engage students in the art of cooking for themselves and others. At Settlebeck we want to develop a passion for food that will stay with them through school and ultimately their adult life. We deliver a very visual and tactile course which allows students to learn through observation and through practical experiences. Unlike other schools we cook almost every week!
Initially students learn all about health and safety in the kitchen and how to work with basic kitchen equipment, at the same time producing quality produce that has a real purpose. As students develop their skills we work on more complex dishes and cover subjects like pastry dishes, celebration cakes, sports snacks, healthy eating, staple foods and main meals, food from around the world and much more.
We put emphasis on understanding nutrition and concepts of eating a healthy balanced diet. Design also plays a big role in this subject and after each topic students research, design and make their own dishes in relation to a given brief.
Food technology is a popular subject that students enjoy.
At Key Stage Four we offer a Catering GCSE that proves to be very popular among our students. Topics include Nutrition, food commodities such as meat and fish, vegetarian cookery, pastry making, cakes and biscuits, sauces and soups, careers in catering, basic food hygiene, menu planning and health and safety.
We are working at a high level and students will be making dishes suitable for sale in the catering and hospitality industry.
Again this subject is very practical and students cook each week. At times they will make multiple products and so it is essential students and parents are committed.
Terminal examination constitutes 40% of marks
Two practical tasks total the other 60% of marks.