Leiths School of Food and Wine is the most prestigious and respected cookery school in the country and enjoys a reputation for producing practical, professional and well-rounded cooks.
Leiths Basic Certificate in Food and Wine
This is an incredibly popular sixth form option and provides one of the most important life skills anyone can have. Not only does it teach students how to cook healthy food for themselves, it gives them a step up on the employment ladder should they wish to put their skills to use cooking for families, working in restaurants or delis, ski chalets or any other form of cooking work during the gap year, holidays and beyond.
The Leiths course has been specifically designed to teach the basic skills necessary to become a confident, capable and efficient cook. The dishes are interesting with an increasing degree of skill required providing a balance between classical methods and modern recipes. The course spans five terms starting in the L6 and finishing at the end of the U6 spring term. The autumn term in the U6 culminates in girls baking a traditional Christmas fruit cake and are shown decorating techniques by a professional cake decorator. Along with all of these wonderful cooking skills, the course teaches neat presentation, efficient kitchen method and correct food hygiene. One of the lessons focuses on wine tasting and how to pair it with food and is conducted by a wine specialist from Leiths.
In addition to learning incredible practical skills, girls will spend a sociable, inspiring session in the kitchen and have an edible result at the end of it.
This is an activity designed for sixth form form girls with an interest in cooking, but who do not want to take on the commitment required for the Leiths Basic Certificate course. It is also an excellent opportunity for girls who may not have a permanent home base in the UK but want to spend time in the kitchen, indulging their cooking interests.
The recipes cooked will be useful and fun, enabling girls to develop the confidence to fend for themselves in the kitchen during the gap year, at university and beyond. The activity meets on selected Sundays from 11am to 1pm and comprises 12 sessions spread throughout the school year. It does not meet on the Sundays when girls attend Sherborne Abbey services, during exeat weekends or when girls feel their time would be better spent revising for upcoming examinations. The course is very much lead by the students’ needs, in that respect.
As part of the Leiths ‘stable of courses’, Junior Leiths introduces the youngest in the school to Leiths fundamental skills and principles of good cooking. It runs alongside the regular Home Economics lesson, teaching girls proper kitchen etiquette as well as skills, food hygiene, nutrition and presentation.
Junior Leiths consists mainly of practical tuition but girls are asked to evaluate each dish, taste and discuss ‘what went wrong, what went right’ with each other. All Junior Leiths girls receive a recipe booklet of everything they have cooked in lessons and are encouraged to continue practising their cooking skills at home.