Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community


Dream Jobs

  • Nutritionist 
  • Dietician 
  • Chef 
  • Catering 
  • Teacher 
  • Food Scientist 
  • Food Microbiologist 
  • Baker 
  • Butcher 
  • Restaurant Manager 

What do our students say?

“Gastronomy. Wow! What a great experience! You get to learn all about healthy eating and learn how to cook delicious food.” Hamid, year 10 

What do our parents say?

“Every kid in every school no matter their background, deserves to learn the basics about food - where it comes from, how to cook it and how it affects their bodies.” – Jamie Oliver 

Gastronomy at OASB

Learning about nutrition education is essential for our students as it will enable them to apply principles of nutrition and healthy eating to build healthy lifestyles and make positive healthy choices providing an opportunity to engage in culinary experiences . This, partnered alongside a developing love for cooking will enable them to make choices that impact the whole school, their household and broader community.  

During the lessons creativity and curiosity are encouraged as students learn about links between nutrition and health, discover what happens to nutrients in food as it cooks, learn how to stay safe in the kitchen, explore the factors that influence our food choices and trace where our foods and ingredients come from. Students also have the opportunity to learn about diverse cultural cuisine and are provided with a context through which to explore the richness, pleasure and variety that food adds to life.  

Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables all students regardless of any background and special educational need to feed themselves and others and make best use of the resources they have to make healthy food.  We will equip the pupils with skills they can use in a kitchen environment at home, transferring practical skills into real life situations and beyond. 

Our curriculum will motivate students, opening their eyes to a world of food related career opportunities and giving them the confidence to pursue a career in food as many of our former students have done. We aim to encourage a lasting interest in nutrition, healthy eating and for pupils to become competent in a range of cooking techniques. 

Students will gain skills and confidence in cooking independently, time management and have a responsible attitude to health and safety. We will ensure high standards of personal hygiene throughout every practical lesson. We also make sure we are inclusive so all students regardless of their special needs or dietary requirements can fully participate. 

Food and nutrition education expands beyond the classroom, to engage children in meaningful food experiences that reach the whole school, household and broader community.  Students learn about environmental sustainability.  Not only does this ask that pupils learn to cook a range of healthy meals, but also understand where their food comes from, how it's grown and the principles of a healthy diet. This will mean they can understand the role of food to make sustainable communities. 

Our curriculum is designed so that students learn the most fundamental knowledge first. The curriculum builds from year 7 on basic skills of safety and hygiene and the key knowledge of healthy eating. These important ideas are revisited every year. Practical work is integrated into the curriculum for every year group so that it builds on and helps to enrich the knowledge of the theory.  The curriculum is designed to close the achievement gap through the rigorous review of key knowledge to help students achieve not only useful life skills but top GCSE grades. 


For further information on the Gastronomy curriculum at OASB please email