Food Preparation & Nutrition

Welcome to the Food Technology Department.

Unlike many schools, students at Cranbrook school are fortunate to enjoy the benefit of a thriving Food Technology department.  In line with recent Government initiatives and recommendations, Food Technology at Cranbrook is able to support every child’s ‘Entitlement to Cook’ offering each student the opportunity to gain a wide breadth of practical cookery skill and a grounding in nutritional understanding that is fundamental to achieving good health throughout their future lives.

At Cranbrook all students follow an enjoyable and instructive course in Year 9 that ensures the children learn to prepare, cook and identify real food and ingredients that promote a healthy lifestyle.  Many then choose to study the subject in more detail at GCSE and a further significant number opt for the A Level finding that as their understanding increases the subject links well and supports many other A level studies such as Science, Geography, PE and ICT.

Practical work is an integral part of the subject at all levels, and an element that our students really enjoy. All students begin by learning basic cookery skills but these develop quickly to more complex techniques which they can use to develop a range of healthy meals, snacks and desserts from basic raw ingredients.

The Food Technology suite comprises three rooms; a large well-furnished practical room, with an adjoining classroom for the academic lessons, and a small ICT suite with state of the art computers. ICT is an integral part of Food Technology; the department uses nutrition software packages for recipe and diet analysis, recipe data bases, and programmes on packaging and labelling as well as the internet as a tool for research and revision purposes.

Mrs Patricia Payne, Head of Food Technology : paynep@cranbrook.kent.sch.uk

Teachers: Ms M Smart, Ms S Forbes-Gower