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Design Technology and Food

The Brooke Weston Design Technology and Food Nutrition & Preparation team, are comprised of committed, passionate and dedicated experts in their respective fields, bringing a wealth of academic excellence and industrial knowledge into the classroom.

For detailed information on specifications refer to the Key Stage 4 or Key Stage 5 prospectus.

We are extremely proud to be one of the most popular option subjects within Brooke Weston and offer our students a challenging and rewarding experience. Our purpose built Design Technology and Food Preparation & Nutrition areas contain all the latest technology one would expect to see in an outstanding school. Students have full access to a wide range of creative processes, techniques and technologies, ranging from growing their own materials in textiles, programming robotic arms, or preparing & serving professional culinary recipes during departmental shows or events. Our expectations are high and students rise to the challenge by creating innovative, imaginative and highly creative products that often appear in educational and professional journals. Whilst also securing placements in many leading universities to study Industrial Design; Architecture; Fashion & Shoe Manufacturing, degree level Apprenticeships in food science and Engineering.

We take pride in being a fully inclusive department and so it is not surprising that we secure outstanding results year on year, which is a testament to the hard work of both the pupils and staff within Design Technology and Food Preparation & Nutrition.

Food and Technology Intent

Our mission is to not only ensure students reach their full academic and creative potential, therefore successfully attaining the next level of their education, but also preparing them for the yet, unforeseen, creative and engineering opportunities that will arise during the emergence of the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’.

Enhancement Opportunities

The department participates in an extensive range of competitions and extra-curricular activities, which include:

  • Wool4School
  • Arkwright Scholarship
  • RHS Campaign for School Gardening

There are also opportunities for students to enrich their learning through trips to New Designers, Graduate Fashion Week, Farm Trip focused on food provenance, Healthy Butcher challenge, Rotary Young Chef, Starpack competition, Rotary Young Chef competition, Future Chef competition and Game Star competitions.

The Team

Jonathan Browne

Assistant Principal

Teacher of Design Technology

Natasha Chiremba

Head of Department (on maternity leave)

Teacher of Food Technology

Jenny Strydom

Head of Department

Gareth Van Wyk

Teacher of Design Technology

Victoria White

Teacher of Food Technology

Darren Hooper

Design Technology Technician

Ruth McKinnell

Food Technician


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