The Grange School is seeking to recruit a Head of Food & Nutrition on a full time or 0.8 FTE basis. This would be to commence in January 2020; however, a later start date would be considered for the right candidate. The Department has one other member within the team who works one day per week and a Technician supporting classes.
We are looking for a person who has the confidence to work alongside highly motivated and skilled teaching professionals in a sometimes pressurised but always vibrant environment; a ‘people person’ who is at ease in all types of company and displaying genuine personal warmth.
Food & Nutrition is taught as part of a carousel with Graphic Design to all pupils in Year 7 & 8 over a 16 week period with 3 double lessons every fortnight. The programme of study is delivered in purpose built kitchen facilities; working with a class size of around 12. Each student has their own designated workspace and various screens allow them to view instructions and audio-visual resources whilst undertaking practical work.
During Food & Nutrition lessons students explore topics such as nutrition, food safety, food choices and dietary needs/preferences, food provenance and food around the world. The focus of the Year 7 and Year 8 course is to help our pupils become well informed consumers as well as providing them with practical life skills that enhance their health and wellbeing. Alongside curriculum lessons, the Food & Nutrition department offers students the chance to further practice and refine their skills on challenging dishes in lunchtime Cookery Clubs for Junior & Inters students and support the Sixth Form’s transition to university life via ‘University Survival Cookery’. The department also contributes to the wider enrichment programme, such as running House Cookery competitions for each section and a Fairtrade Bake Off during Fairtrade Fortnight.
The department also inspires a love of food and the skills by inviting ‘Food Experts’ to deliver talks at The Grange and also supports individual students to part in various regional and national competitions – most recent success has been in the Tunnocks Tea Cake challenge!