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HSC and Food

Studying within HSC/Food

At Weatherhead we offer a wide range of practically based or vocational courses:

  • KS3 Food
  • GCSE Food and Nutrition
Health and Social Care (HSC)
  • GCSE Health and Social Care
  • GCSE Child Development
Early Years
  • Level 1 Childcare and Education (KS4)
  • Level 2 Early Years Educator (KS5)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (KS5)

Our post 16 students studying AS HSC and Level 2 EYE also have the opportunity to run our local mums and toddler group ‘Weathertots’. This is an invaluable community resource which enables students to see the impact they have when working in a real childcare setting.

Recognising the importance of choice for students, this area of the school curriculum allows individuals to find an option which really suits their needs. From practical cookery skills in KS3 to vocational programmes where you work within the community, the opportunities are all available.



2 specialist classrooms designed for practical work for 20 students and a fully operational catering kitchen

HSC & Early Years

2 large classrooms designed for examination subjects with ICT access; specialist Weathertot room.

These facilities offer students the chance to develop their skills and achieve success. The specialist equipment allows for focused lessons in a bright and positive environment. All classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards and these are used to enhance lessons through the use of visual materials.


Classrooms are available at lunchtimes and after school for support clinics. Teachers are there to offer advice and give support to enable students to achieve their best. The use of the clinics promotes student independence in their learning.


  • As part of the Extended schools provision year 7 can participate in a cookery club which is run Tuesday/Wednesday after school – this is run on rotation across the year.
  • Cookery club operates 1 lunchtime and operates on rotation for years 8-13 to develop their cookery skills, their love of cooking and for charity events
  • Competitions are published throughout the year. A recent success was in conjunction with ‘Hickorys’ restaurant chain – students were asked to create a desert which would be used for 1 week on their menu across the country. One of our years 10 students won the event.
  • Placement and volunteer programme for post 16 students – linked to the post 16 course you are doing.
  • Pink Week in year 13 – raising funds for breast cancer awareness.

This diverse subject area, of Health and Social Care, Early Years and Food offers students a wonderful opportunity to achieve within a subject they thoroughly enjoy.  All of the subjects are extremely popular and the clear progression routes to further and higher education or employment supports all abilities to develop and attain high grades.  The teachers are passionate about their subject and through caring and supportive programmes they meet the needs of the students which make this a very successful department.

Mrs Woods
Head of Health & Social Care

Miss Kell

Head of Food Technology