Portal House has a new purpose-built kitchen, which includes 4 ovens, 2 fridges, 2 freezers, 2 microwaves, 4 air fryers and all equipment needed to cook safely.

There are 7 work stations which enable students to work as individuals or in pairs.


Cooking is an exciting and creative subject to study as it involves ‘learning-by-doing’.

All pupils have a 1 hour lesson per week, during this time both theory and practical work are covered. We aim to increase students’ life skills. self-belief, creativity, a sense of achievement, developing confidence and resilience as well as self-discipline and teamwork. Through our practical work, students encounter a range of cultures’ cuisines, as well as access to modern equipment and techniques. They will also have the opportunity to cook for charitable causes, making a positive contribution to society.

Students learn essential information which is carried out through practical means. The topics include:

  • Hygiene and Safety
  • Nutrition
  • Healthy Eating
  • Food Ingredients and Production
  • Ethics/Environmental Issues
  • Recipe Adaption.

We provide opportunities for the students to develop their capability through analysis and focused practical tasks that develop a range of skills, processes and knowledge. They will further develop the key skills of communication, application of number, working with others, organisation and improving their own learning through their practical work.

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Cooking Competition

Practical Skills