Food and Nutrition
- Large well equipped room with modern appliances
- Emphasis on practical skills
- The opportunity to participate in the Active Kids Get Cooking Award Scheme
- Junior House Cookery Club and Holiday Cookery Clubs
- GCSE Child Development
- Excellent examination results at GCSE and A level. 100% pass rate!!!!
- BNF award for the best GCSE and A Level coursework for AQA
- German Christmas Market and other exciting visits at home and abroad
- The Westfield School Cookbook with all the recipes used in school cookery classes can be accessed through the website - click here .
The book is available to order at a cost of £8.00 through the school office.
Food and Nutrition is taught in a purpose built room. This is a large, pleasant room well equipped with brand new gas and electric cookers, microwaves, a deep freeze, refrigerators, food processors, electric mixers, a dishwasher, bread maker, electric steamer, juicer and smoothie maker. The room also has its own computer and colour printer.
Food and Nutrition has an important part to play in the school curriculum at Westfield. It is introduced in U3 to all girls for the first three years of Senior House. The emphasis is on cooking and girls make a range of different food items. At the end of year 9 girls can opt to follow a GCSE course in Food and Nutrition. The subject is also offered as an A level choice.
During the first 3 years of Senior House girls are also taught to develop designing and making skills and are given focused practical tasks on a regular basis. They also get the opportunity to take part in the Active Kids Get Cooking Award Scheme working towards bronze, silver, gold and platinum awards.
Child Development is taught as a GCSE subject in years 10 and 11. This is a popular course and covers pregnancy, birth, care and development of the child. As part of the course girls carry out an observational study on a young child under the age of 5 years.
Examination results for all Home Economics subjects are excellent with a 100% pass rate in 2010 at A2 and AS level and GCSE. All candidates at A2 achieved an A grade with one of the candidates gaining one of the top five marks in the country. In 2008 one candidate at A Level gained one of the top 5 marks in the country and was awarded a special award by the British Nutrition Foundation for her coursework investigation into the affect of advertising on children's eating habits. This award was presented in London by Mr Justin King, Chief Executive of Sainbsury. She is currently in her final year at Chester University studying Dietetics.
A cookery club is held on Monday evenings as a Junior House extra-curricular activity. Approximately 12 children of mixed ages take part in this activity.
Cookery Clubs take place during the Christmas and Easter holidays and are very popular.
A number of visits have taken place over the last few years. This has included visits to local branches of Marks and Spencer’s, Warburton’s bakery, TGI Friday’s and MacDonald’s to gain a better insight into the food industry. The department has also organised trips to The Food and Drink Exhibition at the NEC, Cadbury’s World, the Clothes Show, a factory tour of Royal Doulton and to a German Christmas market in Cologne.
Pupils studying Child Development visit the maternity unit at the R.V.I. They are able to see newborn babies and watch a midwife demonstrate how to bath a baby. They also get the opportunity to visit the special care baby unit and the labour ward. They see monitoring equipment, birthing pools and some of the pain relieving methods used during labour. They also get the chance to visit Westfield nursery to observe how children play and learn.