Food & Nutrition

All girls participate in Food and Nutrition lessons in the first two years, rotating with Art, Drama, DT, Textiles and Music. In Upper 4, students may chose to study the subject further.  Lessons are action packed with many being practically based. All pupils prepare and cook a wide range of dishes and develop new skills, whilst advancing their knowledge and understanding of the subject.

Food and Nutrition is a popular option at GCSE. It also contributes towards the skills section of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.


Food & Nutrition Department Staff
  • Mrs N Genzel - Head of Food and Nutrition
    Joined St. Catherine’s in 2006, coming from Tormead School in Guildford and, prior to that, George Abbot School. Teaches Food and Nutrition at St. Cats, but has also taught Textiles and Child Development in the past. After leaving university and before coming into teaching she worked for Sainsbury’s, having been recruited onto their Graduate Training programme.
  • Mrs J Barratt - Part-time Technician
    Joined St Catherine's in 2009, in both the Textiles and the Food and Nutrition department. Loves to cook and also has a love of dining out.

  • Mr P Friend

    Joined St Catherine's in 1998 to teach Mathematics. Outside school, his main passion is cooking, and he has a particular penchant for baking: he is very proud to have conquered the difficult art of making macarons and laminated pastry and in some of his spare time he runs his own baking blog. Also passionate about theatre (both on and off stage!), is a keen allotmenteer and is an avid reader of crime fiction.