Leiths Introductory Certificate in Food and Wine

​We are delighted to offer our Sixth Form girls the Leiths Introductory Certificate in Food and Wine. One of the world’s most prestigious cookery schools was founded by Prue Leith and Caroline Waldegrave in 1995. It is now owned by Lady Jennie Bland and Lady Caroline Waldegrave.

This five-term course is perfect for either the keen amateur or the potential food professional, setting you up with skills for life.

By the end of the course you will be proficient in both family and party cooking, learn how to interpret recipes, as well as practise time-management and organisation. Cooking will become a pleasure not a chore and if you want to become a professional chef or just like the idea of working in a ski chalet in your gap year, Leiths is an excellent springboard.

By successfully completing the course, you are added to ‘Leiths List’ which gives access to gap year or holiday work from cooking on a yacht in Barbados to helping a busy family in a Norfolk kitchen. As part of the course you also complete the Level 2 Food Hygiene Certificate.

You will receive a 2.5-hour practical and a 1-hour preparation lesson per week and learn a range of techniques from knife skills and meat*, fish and vegetable preparation to making classic sauces, bread, ice cream and patisserie.

In addition, you will learn how to pair wine with food, how wine is made and how to interpret the information on the bottle with a Certified WSET ® Educator for Wine.

This sought-after course is is ideal for those who are genuinely interested in improving their culinary skills and needs a very high level of commitment.

Why Leiths?

However far you want to take your cooking proficiency, Leiths provides the best possible opportunity and it will also:

  • Prepare you for independent living at university or leaving home – you can also impress your flatmates with your delicious dishes
  • Equip you with transferable skills such as time-management, working under pressure and organisation
  • Help improve your UCAS points
  • Open the door to multiple job opportunities around the world

*Please note if you are vegetarian, you need to think carefully about embarking on the course as meat and fish are handled.

Sixth Form Open Evening

We warmly welcome you to our Sixth Form Open Evening on Wednesday 30 September 6-7.30pm.

Your chance to come and experience all our Sixth Form at Rye has to offer, meet the staff and students and experience our facilities.

Please register your interest using our contact us form, or by emailing our Registrar – Fern Williams.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Rye St Antony, Oxford – Bringing Our School to your Home

We are pleased to be able to offer bespoke virtual tours and meetings to interested families at this time.

We are incredibly proud of the Virtual Learning Experience we have offered our pupils – you can read about it here