Home Economics combines aspects of science, nutrition, cooking, parenting skills and finance. Students learn about the inter-relationships between diet, health, family, home and choice and the management of resources. Students are taught by subject specialists who are supported by a technician. The Department has two fully-equipped Home Economics classrooms with adjoining ICT suites, and a very well-appointed Prep room. Home Economics delivers vital skills that enable students to lead effective lives as individuals and family members as well as members of the wider community.
Mrs Blayney (Head of Department)
Mrs Lennox (On Maternity Leave - Miss Roberts for 2020-21)
Mrs Allen (Home Economics Technician)
The Department aims to
develop pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills (including practical skills, which are required for Home Economics: Food and Nutrition and Child Development
develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of human needs in a multicultural society;
develop a critical and analytical approach to decision making and problem solving;
examine issues that affect the quality of human life, including an appreciation of diversity;
evaluate decisions so that pupils develop as informed and discerning consumers;
develop an interest in and appreciation of the diverse range of food now available; and
actively engage pupils in studying Home Economics to develop as effective and independent learners.
Overview of work
Home Economics gives pupils an insight into what’s really in the food we eat; how to plan and cook nutritious and economical meals; how to choose the best food for themselves and their family the importance of good nutrition and health; and the role of the consumer in modern eating patterns.
In first, second and third form, pupils are introduced to the subject, and cover an array of topics that include food stafety, consumerism, budgeting and family life.
At GCSE, students learn about topics like nutritional and dietary needs, resource management.
A-level students develop their knowledge of nutrition, and the intersection between diet, lifestyle and health. They learn about food security and sustainability and take on a research project.
The Home Economics department sees the House Bake off every year, where pupils compete to produce the most delicious baking to win points for their houses.
Students who have studied Home Economics go on to work in a range of fields including dietetics, food design and nutrition, food management and marketing, environmental health and the health care professions, like nursing, occupational therapy and radiotherapy.