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Food & Nutrition

Our aim is to ensure that students will be able to make informed decisions to prepare food for themselves for their future health and well-being.

Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand -  Confucius

The Department is driven by well experienced and enthusiastic staff who are simply passionate about food. Every effort is made to include up to date recipes and culinary techniques to keep students abreast of the latest developments. The curriculum is diverse, innovative and promotes creativity and excellent execution of a very wide range of skills and techniques.  Our teaching style is very ‘hands on’ and we aim to involve every student. Parents often comment on the enthusiasm shown by their children following an initial experience within lessons and clubs, to the extent that they have had to relinquish control of the kitchen at home!

The facilities were purpose built and comprise a modern practical room with pantry, demonstration unit and whiteboard and a second classroom which has an interactive whiteboard and library and is used for theory lessons. The Department boasts its own library with regular additions in line with the latest publications and culinary thinking.

Year 7 to 9

In Years 7 to 9 the students have the opportunity to work on skills-based projects through Chefs Club where they cover knife skills, using the cooker safely, sauce making skills, methods of cake making, cake decorating, pastry making and preparing and cooking a range of different dishes.

Year 10 and 11

At GCSE we offer OCR Food Preparation and Nutrition. This brand new course is an excellent choice for those students 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 earlier years. Students are encouraged to work with different ingredients and experience a range of different cooking methods. All Students gain their Food Hygiene Certificate as part of the course.

D of E Food Skills is an extra-curricular course we offer to support those students following the D of E programme who wish to develop greater experience preparing food.


In the Sixth Form, the students can opt to do the LEITHS Basic Certificate in Food & Wine. This is a highly popular course which lasts for five terms. At the end of this the students take a written examination and a three hour practical examination. They also take part in wine appreciation and tasting and complete a course to gain the Certificate in Food Safety and Hygiene.

We are very proud of the opportunities for the students which go beyond classroom teaching. Each year we hold the inter-House “Lingfield Bake Off” competition which sees students drawn from every year in the School competing for the title, along with a ‘staff competition’. We also offer many other excellent events such as the after school cooking clubs, Ready Steady Cook, and many more extra-curricular opportunities.

We provide an inspirational environment that not only encourages creativity, innovation, risk taking and independence but also actively celebrates success.