Food & textiles

The food and textiles department is a vibrant and inspiring place to learn, with an atmosphere of busy and purposeful activities.  Girls are encouraged to develop their knowledge and creativity and not be afraid to experiment with food ingredients.

The food room is a modern, superbly resourced area and there is a dedicated textiles room. Both rooms are fully equipped with a wide range of equipment and materials.

Girls are taught to be aware of where food comes from, how it is produced and what constitutes a healthy diet. They are taught new cooking techniques and how to choose ingredients and appropriate equipment to prepare them to make choices in a fast-changing food world. We encourage creativity and give the girls the opportunity to master new culinary skills and develop their palate.

Food and textiles are popular subjects taught to all girls in L4 to L5.

At GCSE we offer AQA food preparation and nutrition. This brand new course is an excellent choice for those girls who have a real interest in cooking food, understanding the properties of food ingredients and the related areas of health and nutrition. The course offers many opportunities to carry out practical work and expand the range of skills which were developed in L4 to L5. Girls are encouraged to work with different ingredients and experience a range of different cooking methods. All girls gain their food hygiene certificate as part of the course.

GCSE textiles is a practical based subject which appeals to girls who are keen to design and make creative and unique pieces of textile work. It provides an opportunity to consider technological advances in textiles as well as building on traditional skills, knowledge and understanding. Textile lessons will involve exploring new textile techniques. Girls will be working with dyes, fibres, fabrics and components to add colour, pattern, shape and texture to design ideas. Textile skills will be taught to understand how shape is created. Some lessons will focus on textile materials and components. Girls will also study how designers operate and how textile products are manufactured.