The Technical Skills Faculty has developed a curriculum over the past few years that is aimed at helping students gain career opportunities in Catering, Hospitality, Design and Construction, whether they enter the world of work or go on to further studies after Le Rocquier School.
Specific information about the Key Stage 3 curriculum and how it is assessed:
Students will follow elements of the UK National Curriculum for Design & Technology covering focus areas in Food, Graphics, Resistant Materials, CADCAM and Design Skills.
This will be done through students working across four different areas each academic year in years 7, 8 & 9 in completing Design & Make projects alongside skills based activities to in order to develop the essential skills for the KS4 courses.
Students will be assessed through a variety of methods including formal end of year tests, homework tasks, project work and teacher assessments that will focus on particular learning strands within the curriculum such as planning, product and ideas development, designing, knowledge of materials, tools and machinery, making and evaluation.
Specific information about the Key Stage 4 curriculum and how it is assessed:
Students in KS4 will follow either a City & Guilds or GCSE course of study. Throughout all of these courses students will be expected to and stick to industry standards for Health & Safety when using tools and machinery, behaviour and attitude in classrooms, kitchens and workshops and always meet the minimum requirements of clothing and hygiene.
The GCSE courses will provide students with the opportunity to follow Design and Make or Food Studies courses that are similar to those at KS3 but are more challenging in their expectations and outcomes as well as pushing the students to improve their skills and knowledge to much higher level so that they can gain a GCSE qualification in Resistant Materials or Food & Nutrition. Students are assessed through a combination of coursework tasks and terminal examinations set by the awarding body.
Coursework tasks involve producing evidence portfolios of the planning and design work they have undertaken along side the final product, whether that be Food or Resistant Materials based products and are set by the awarding bodies. Final examinations, also set by the awarding bodies are intended to further assess the students’ theoretical knowledge of the course content, the learning for which will take place over the duration of the course.
Students who follow the Food Studies course will be develop a wide range of cooking and kitchen skills that will enable them to be competent at preparing a variety of food stuffs and meals for different types of people, in different circumstances and with different dietary requirements. Students on this course will be assessed through practical coursework assessments and terminal examination, all of which are set by the awarding body.
Students who follow the Food & Nutrition course will be obliged to provide their own cooking ingredients for the majority of the course and sourcing them is part of the competences that they need to show throughout the course. There will be occasions when the school will provide ingredients, such as fresh fish, where we will ask for a contribution towards the costs.
The Food & Nutrition course also provides an opportunity for the students to visit and work with some of the top chefs and kitchen teams on the island such as Richard Allen at The Grand Jersey and Mark Jordan at The Atlantic Hotel, both of whom have Michelin Stars. These visits are exclusively available to our students because Le Rocquier School is working in close partnership with the Jersey Hospitality Association. We also have The Merton and the Seymour Group, the Liberation Group, Sommerville Hotel and the Dolan Group, Longueville Manor, Radisson Blu and Jersey Pottery linked in with this enrichment programme.
The City & Guilds course in Construction Skills leads to an internationally recognised qualification. Students on this course will also have the opportunity to experience the local Construction industry through a growing enrichment programme with the Jersey Construction Council and Camerons.
The Construction Skills course will guide the students to complete a variety of practical Controlled Assessments that determine if they are up to the industry standards for electrical installation work, carpentry and joinery tasks and painting and decorating skills. The Controlled Assessments are set by the awarding body and students must successfully pass eight (8) separate units to be awarded the full Certificate in Construction Skills.
Department slogan: “Preparing You for Life”
Stewart Elston – Head of Faculty – Construction and Resistant Materials
Dave King –2nd in Department – Construction and Resistant Materials
Mike Watkins – Food Studies
Justin Horton – Graphics
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