Head of Department

Mrs A Smyth

Subject Teachers

Mrs E Cochrane (P/T)
Mrs C Houston (P/T)
Miss K McNeilly
Miss L Semple


Mrs C McKibbin

Practical Schedules


Home Economics is a subject through which many skills can be developed - in particular the practical skills involved in planning, preparing, cooking and serving food. However Home Economics involves much more than this. Students will learn about the inter-relationship between diet, health, family, home and the choice and management of resources.

In Home Economics we aim to:

  • foster enjoyment in the subject and to enable pupils to gain knowledge, understanding and skills which will allow them to make informed decisions about food, home and family life
  • stimulate and maintain student curiosity, interest and enjoyment of the subject
  • enable students to be familiar with a body of knowledge, principles and vocabulary relevant to the study of Home Economics
  • develop a wide range of practical skills through relevant learning experiences
  • enable students to develop a range of desirable personal qualities such as initiative, decision making and independence
  • enable students to work independently and as part of a team
  • develop an awareness in students of the relevance of the subject for the individual and the family
  • allow pupils to develop informed opinions and to be able to support them by reasoned arguments
  • make pupils aware of career opportunities through Home Economics
  • enable pupils where appropriate, to achieve in public examinations and gain access to higher education

Key Stage 3

  • Home Economics is at the core of the revised curriculum for KS3 and is one strand of Learning for Life and Work
  • It is a subject through which many skills can be developed - in particular the practical skills involved in planning, preparing, cooking and serving food
  • In Regent House School, all Key Stage 3 pupils study Home Economics 2 periods each week throughout the year
  • Pupils have regular experience of practical activities in which they are encouraged to develop a range of skills, including food preparation skills, organisational skills, problem solving, working with others and time management
  • Ingredients are purchased by the Home Economics Department at a cost of £20 to cover the entire year
  • At the end of Key Stage 3, all pupils have the opportunity to select the subject for further study at Key Stage 4 and beyond

Year 8

  • Introduction to Home Economics
  • Safety and First Aid
  • Weighing and measuring
  • The Eatwell Plate: Sugar
  • The Eatwell Plate: Milk and dairy foods


Year 9

  • Food poisoning
  • The Eatwell Plate: Fats
  • The Eatwell Plate: Starchy foods
  • Food labelling
  • Family life


Year 10

  • The ethical consumer
  • The Eatwell Plate: Protein foods
  • Independent living
  • Nutritional needs throughout the life cycle

Key Stage 4

Pupils study the CCEA Home Economics specification. 

Each year group studies Home Economics 4/5 periods each week. The KS4 course offers opportunities to build on the skills and capabilities developed through the delivery of the KS3 curriculum.

A Level

Pupils study the CCEA Home Economics specification.

The AS and A2 specification builds upon the knowledge, understanding and skills developed within GCSE Home Economicsand provides a basis for progression to the full A Level GCE. 


The A Level course provides a good foundation for higher education courses in Home Economics and related subjects and for a range of interesting careers:

  • Teaching
  • Nursing
  • Product development
  • Food production, management and quality assurance
  • Hospitality
  • Dietetics
  • Nutrition, leisure and tourism
  • Catering
  • Environmental health
  • Food supply management
  • Marketing
  • Food journalism
  • Occupational health
  • Consumer studies


Home Economics is taught in two recently constructed, purpose-built classrooms as well as two fully refurbished, purpose-built classrooms. A preparation room adjoins the Home Economics classrooms.