“Hospitality and Catering is a varied and exciting subject, which prepares pupils for independent living and the world of work. Anyone who visits our food lessons will confirm that we have a vibrant and enthusiastic environment and provide an irresistible, challenging and engaging curriculum.”
Aldersley’s Food and Hospitality Department
Our curriculum is devised to develop the practical skills of our learners; skills which will benefit them not only within their school career, but also their wider life. A knowledge of nutrition, combined with culinary skills, enables our learners to make practical and healthy choices, leading to a healthier lifestyle and the ability to consciously make food choices which are positive, but also to be independent and be able to cater for themselves as they grow.
The curriculum is also rich with links to careers, as we study the different elements of the hospitality industry. Learners are able to develop a wider understanding of the diverse and exciting job opportunities that this industry provides. Given that the Hospitality and Catering industry is one of the top 3 employers across the world, and so this curriculum intends to provide our learners with the knowledge and experience to build successful vocational careers.
Lots of our learning is carried out through practical work. We focus on developing cookery skills, the functions of ingredients and preparing dishes for a commercial setting.
Students in Food are very proud of their work and love to win our very coveted ‘Chef of the Week’ award.
This subject develops both teamwork and independent skills. It requires learners to manage their time and space correctly, think ‘outside the box’ and start to consider what potential consumers want to eat.
Pupil progress in this subject is excellent and they really enjoy the practical nature of their learning.
We are very lucky to have two Hospitality teachers at Aldersley High School. This allows us to ensure that every pupil in KS3 has access to lessons for a whole term in Years 7 and 8. We are a very popular option subject and every year our KS4 cohort grows phenomenally. We believe that this is due to our passionate department and our commitment to ensuring that our pupils gain a wealth of practical experiences which are not only fun, but are challenging too.
Our department plays an active role in life at Aldersley High. We provide a P7 Cooking Club run by Mrs House, which is very well attended and often has a waiting list for places! We also organise P7 intervention sessions for our KS4 students to ensure that they achieve the best grades possible. We regularly host charity events such as Macmillan Coffee Morning, with all of our goodies prepared by our pupils.
We are committed to ensuring that our students have lots of opportunities to participate in enrichment activities, and over the last three years we have seen Year 10 pupils in the Final of the UCB Young Chef of the Year competition and this year we have a Year 11 pupil in the final of the Tefal Keen Young Cook competition. We also participate every year in a Wolverhampton School’s Bake Off and in 2018 gained both 1st and 3rd place!
We also encourage our students to think carefully about a career in Hospitality and Catering as it is one of the world’s largest employers, and so we have close links with University College Birmingham and have also participated in trips to Wolverhampton College, the BBC Good Food Show and even been out for Afternoon Tea at a local café.
Miss S. Bloor
Head of Food and Hospitality
Miss Bloor is Head of Food and Hospitality at Aldersley High School
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