Food is always a popular choice at GCSE and we are always pleased with our final grades which reflect the amount of hard work and effort the pupils apply to their studies. In Year 9 we start the year with a cake making project which covers all the key skills and leads to an individually iced celebration cake at the end of the term. We then investigate and make a varied range of bread and pastry products leading to a design and make snack product task. All practical work reinforces and enhances pupils understanding of the theory work. Healthy eating and seasonal foods are studied in the summer term. In year 10 individual ingredients and their uses are studied in depth, looking at their working properties and how to combine them. We study the AQA syllabus which includes an examination and a controlled assessment task worth 60% of the final grade. This is a detailed piece of work selected from a range of design briefs supplied by the examination board. The stages followed are development, making, testing and evaluating. Six products are made as part of this development followed by testing and the production of a final product reflecting the work undertaken.