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Shenley Brook End School

Shenley Brook End School

Food Preparation and Nutrition


 The preparation and enjoyment of food is one of the greatest expressions of creativity a student can experience. As a team, we seek to encourage our students to develop their independence in a safe and stimulating environment. Students learn how to prepare food safely and hygienically building their skills throughout their learning journey. They also develop an understanding of the chemical and functional properties of how ingredients work. 

 Preparation of food is an essential life skill and learning about how food is grown and produced, what factors influence our food choices and how different life stages can affect our nutritional requirements are examples of the wider food knowledge they will gain. 

We are part of a global society; learning about how different cultures and religious beliefs influence the food we eat, impact of food miles and our carbon footprint; food security and the right of everyone to have access to enough nutritious food to be healthy and thrive, are topics that are woven throughout the food journey too. 

Further Information

The Team/Facilities

Food preparation and nutrition comprises two well-equipped food classrooms for the teaching of food preparation and nutrition. Students have access to laptops and iPads to support their GCSE NEA work.

Key Stage 3

Students in year seven study  food preparation and nutrition within the design technology rotation for two lessons per fortnight .  One term is spent in food and two terms in Design Technology. Group sizes are 20 students. Groups are created by combining forms.  

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Key Stage 4

In year 9, 10 and 11, GCSE food preparation and nutrition is offered as an option subject.


Students in your 9 to 11 follow the AQA food preparation and nutrition specification.  There are 2 NEA tasks (Non examined assessment); NEA1  is the food investigation which is worth 15% of the GCSE grade, NEA2 is the food skills task which is 35% of the GCSE grade.  In addition, there is also a written exam which is worth 50% of the GCSE grade.  All the tasks are completed in school during year 11.  Years 9 and 10  lessons are designed to prepare the students for these tasks, equipping them with the necessary practical skills and understanding of ingredients and nutrition.  All GCSE students following this course have been issued with a log-in to the digital resource and are encouraged to access this at home to support their learning.  The username is SSHEN3 and the password is STUDENT3.

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The digital resources could also be purchased in a hardback copy. Many textbooks are available. If purchasing, please make sure that they support the AQA specification. 

If you want more information, contact Mrs C Freeman