Food Technology and Cookery

Our aim within the Food Technology and Cookery Department is for our pupils to develop a core level of competency in the kitchen and, in the process, fuel their creativity and enthusiasm for a key life skill. We want the girls to develop a confidence in the kitchen that will stay with them well beyond the last recipe enjoyed at school. From September 2023 we are delighted to offer Food Preparation and Nutrition at GCSE.

Inside the classroom
Beyond the classroom

In Years 7 and 8 the girls focus on a number of key skills such as learning to handle a knife properly and how to produce a simple, nutritionally balanced meal for friends and family. The girls also explore healthy eating, learn to read food labels and understand what goes into the food we eat. Great fun is had learning to taste and appreciate variety within foods such as the differences between cheddar cheeses and chocolates! From this point, the girls learn to taste test with discernment and tailor what they prepare. We also consider food presentation, meal planning, seasonal produce, restaurant reviews and enjoy contrasting and comparing shop bought and homemade foods.

Our Year 9 pupils learn the fundamental skills of professional cookery and gaining real confidence in the kitchen whilst cooking up a storm.

In the Sixth Form, the girls have the opportunity to prepare for independent living beyond school. Their lessons cover knife skills, food safety, time planning and healthy eating as well as the preparation of a number of extremely delicious dishes.

This course also fulfils the requirements for the ‘New Skill’ section of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award.

The girls have the pleasure of working in the state of the art Food Technology and Cookery Room. There is a teacher's work station where pupils are able to watch demonstrations, supported by televisions and overhead cameras to ensure the girls can observe technique in detail. St George's installed eco-friendly induction hobs within the design of each station both to minimise energy usage and also allow for the use of renewable energy in keeping with the school's environmental strategy.

All cookery lessons are hands on practical sessions. The girls really enjoy the contrast with their other academic subjects and, of course, being able to eat what you have prepared as a group is always a plus! The creative process helps the girls to work together as a team and develop excellent time management skills.

Other curriculum subjects, such as French and Spanish, are incorporated within our work and the girls greatly enjoy exploring the foods and traditions of different countries. We also host a fabulous Year 7 rainbow cake competition encouraging the girls to enjoy getting creative in the kitchen outside of the set curriculum, and in recent years have been suitably impressed by the girls brilliantly designed and impressive creations which marked Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee celebrations in 2022, and the King Charles III's coronation in 2023.


GCSE Food Technology and Cookery