Starting in September, Portslade Aldridge Community Academy will offer the new food and nutrition GCSE course at Key Stage 4, but Year 10 students won’t be the only ones to benefit.
The Academy plans to deliver cooking to most year groups with one lesson per week, plus additional courses and clubs outside of lesson time too. Sixth form students will also be able to take advantage of their own lessons on how to cook a healthy, well-balanced diet on a budget, ready for university or beyond.
As part of the project PACA is creating a new state of the art kitchen facility at its Chalky Road campus as food technology is added to its widening curriculum. The Academy’s sponsors, the Aldridge Foundation, raised the money to fund this through a bid to central government. As well as great facilities, students benefit from working with a professional who has run restaurants and worked on Park Lane.
PACA Principal Katie Scott said: “Following the recent launch of our Dance Academy I am excited to announce another new course at PACA. As well as GCSE successes we hope our new kitchen will help teach our students how they can cook a healthy and well balanced diet.”
“This new build couldn’t have come at a better time with the current national obesity crisis and an emphasis on healthy eating and healthy lifestyles in Brighton and Hove. 7.3% of four and five-year- olds and 13.3% of 10 and 11-year-olds in the city are classed as obese according to the most recent figures from the National Child Measurement Programme. As a parent as well as a teacher, I know how important healthy cooking and eating is, and how challenging too, when so many unhealthy options are promoted so heavily at our young people.”