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HSC and Food

This diverse subject area, of Health and Social Care, Childcare 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 support all abilities to develop and attain high grades.  The teachers are passionate about their subjects and through caring and supportive programmes they meet the needs of the students which makes this a very successful department.

Mrs Woods
Head of Health & Social Care

Miss Kell

Head of Food Technology

Studying within HSC/Food

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

Food
  • KS3 Food
  • GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition
Health and Social Care (HSC)
  • BTEC Tech Award in Health and Social Care
  • BTEC Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care (Single Option)
  • BTEC Diploma in Health and Social Care (Double Option)
Childcare
  •  CACHE Level 2 Technical Award in Child Development and Care
  •  CAHCE Level 3 Technical Diploma in Childcare and Education (KS5)

Our post 16 students studying BTEC HSC have the chance to interact with residents from a local care home, in our ‘Weatherfriends’ initiative. Students host an afternoon tea, talk to the clients, play games and sing songs. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to put their theory into practice. The Level 3 Childcare students 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 students work within the community, the opportunities are all available.

Facilities

Food

2 specialist classrooms designed for practical work for 20 students.

HSC & Childcare

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

Support

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.

Extra-Curricular

  • As part of the Extended Schools provision, year 7 students can participate in an after school cookery club which is run – this is run on rotation across the year.
  • Competitions are published throughout the year. A recent success was in conjunction with ‘Hickorys’ restaurant chain – students were asked to create a dessert which would be used for one week on their menu across the country. One of our year 10 students won the event.
  • Placement and volunteer programme for post 16 students – linked to the post 16 course they are studying.
  • Pink Week in Sixth Form – raising funds for breast cancer awareness.
  • Regular fundraising and charity events including cake sales, discos and Race for Life.
  • Makaton course for Childcare students to enable them to gain vital skills in interacting with children.
  • First Aid course for Childcare students to give them a qualification in Paediatric First Aid.

This diverse subject area, of Health and Social Care, Childcare 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 support all abilities to develop and attain high grades.  The teachers are passionate about their subjects and through caring and supportive programmes they meet the needs of the students which makes this a very successful department.

Mrs Woods
Head of Health & Social Care

Miss Kell

Head of Food Technology

KS5 Course Guide