Home Economics Educational Visits


A2 Nutrition and Food Science pupils educational visit to Doherty and Gray Ltd.

Year 14 A2 Nutrition and Food Science pupils were delighted to be invited to visit Doherty and Gray in Ballymena with teacher Mrs Wynn, to enhance their understanding about food safety and traceability. We had a most interesting and informative morning finding out how the necessary requirements and procedures are carried out within the meat processing environment, to achieve high quality assurance. We were even encouraged to have a go at making our own sausages, ‘Ballyclare High style’ of course…(they should not be appearing in the shops any time soon!) Spoiling us, in the Board Room, we were introduced to the many different attributes and varieties of sausages and burgers produced by Doherty and Gray for their own branding, and also the ‘finest’ varieties they produce for major supermarkets. Indeed we are impressed at where these products do end up. Some lucky sausages get to travel first class with British Airways!

We would like to sincerely thank Doherty and Gray for the kind invitation and for making us feel so welcome.


Yr 11 and 12 GCSE Food and Nutrition students visit Tayto Castle.

On Wednesday 11th March 2020, 35 Year 11 and 12 Food and Nutrition students set off for Tayto Castle, Tandragee. The trip was organised by Zoe Wilson, who has been working as an intern in the Home Economics Dept this year. As well as being an international Irish hockey player, Zoe is also studying for a BSc degree at the Ulster University in Human Nutrition. Mrs Gaston and Mrs Wynn also accompanied Zoe and the pupils to Tayto. The new GCSE Food and Nutrition specification includes the study of the food supply chain – from farm to fork, as well as primary and secondary food processing. The trip provided the students with an excellent opportunity to see this is action, as well as meet the infamous Mr Tayto, and have the opportunity to sample many different Tayto varieties as we went along. Thanks must go to Jill and the other tour guides who made the visit so informative, great fun and very filling! We will definitely be making a return visit.