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Home Economics

Unlike many independent schools pupils at Sutton Valence are able to benefit from a well-equipped and vibrant Home Economics department with experienced staff. 

Pupils have the opportunity to develop intellectual, aesthetic, manipulative and creative skills, which will prepare them for adult life and work in a changing world.  Within the department we aim to develop the pupil’s interest in and an understanding of the relationship between diet and health, through an awareness of dietary needs.  Pupils are encouraged to adopt a caring attitude towards others, especially other members of the family and community and to teach co-operation and tolerance of others.  We aim to create enjoyment so that the subject will prove to be a lasting life skill.

In the First and Second Form the pupils time is split between Drama and Home Economics and all pupils are given an introduction to the core skills in a sequential manner, using pieces of equipment and increasing the difficulty of practical work as they progress and they are quickly able to produce a range of healthy dishes, snacks and desserts from raw ingredients.  Food Hygiene and Safety is one of the initial topics, before they start practical work. 

Practical sessions are held each week and the exact dishes will depend on the teacher, seasonal availability of food and the weather.

In the Third Form pupils may choose Home Economics as one of their creative subjects.  At the beginning of this year we will revise some of the skills taught in the previous years, as we tend to have a large intake of pupils who have not studied the subject before.  We then move on to more complex dishes using short crust pastry, yeast mixtures and seasonal cookery, to include a traditional Christmas cake.


AQA GCSE Food & Catering Technical Award

An innovative and exciting new course that enables practically minded pupils to thrive and excel. 

AQA have developed a new Technical Award in Food & Catering that replaces their outgoing Food Technology qualification. Technical awards are practical and vocational GCSE qualifications available to 14-16 year olds.  Learners will develop a wide range of practical food and preparation skills. They will be expect to make a variety of food products, applying practical and technical expertise. 

This course is part of our bespoke curriculum and is currently by invitation only. Pupils who have the opportunity to undertake this course will obtain key life skills, a wealth of theoretical knowledge and practical skills and secure a GCSE equivalent A*-C grade in the process.

In the first unit, pupils will produce a portfolio of products to demonstrate core skills outlined in the specification. These skills include general food preparation skills and cooking skills and methods. In the second unit, they will undertake an extended project that displays the skills they have developed in Unit 1. The third unit will access their knowledge and understanding of the theory that underpins food and catering.

To succeed in this subject, it is important that a student has:

  • A creative and practical mindset;
  • An excellent work ethic and a desire to succeed;
  • An interest in Food and Catering

Assessment Structure:

  • Unit 1: Skills demonstration (30 %).
  • Unit 2: Extended making project (30 %).
  • Unit 3: External assessment (40 %).

Department Staff:

Miss Emily Davies holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Coventry University and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. Prior to teaching at Sutton Valence, Miss Davies Taught Food Technology at the Mathew Arnold School in Staines. She is a passionate subject teacher and loves teaching the bespoke curriculum.  

Miss Emily Davies 

Head of Department 

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