Franchise Scheme for SchoolsLeiths Franchise Scheme for Schools
In 1996, at the request of a Governor of an independent girl’s boarding school, Leiths devised the Basic Certificate in Food and Wine, a practical 5 term cooking course designed to run alongside a school timetable at sixth form level. Over the years the programme has developed and now includes a 12 week Basic Skills Course (often used as the new skill for Duke of Edinburgh Bronze), Activity Courses suitable for years 7-13 (currently offering a 10 & 15 session course) and two courses suitable for pupils in years 6, 7 or 8, the Preparatory Course ( 3 terms), and the Introductory Course ( 1 term).
Nothing is compromised in the content and quality of what is taught. Pupils gain confidence in a wide variety of practical skills which can often affect other aspects of life, such as time planning and organisation. At the end the 5 term course, the pupils take an exam devised by Leiths; they are awarded a Leiths certificate if they are successful. This can be used to find employment in a variety of family level cooking jobs. Should they decide to take up cooking professionally they would be eligible for the Two Term Diploma at Leiths School of Food and Wine.
Pupils are taught a large number of skills and techniques, such as knife skills, vegetable and meat preparation, baking and sauces, as well as undertaking practical tasks such as time plans for each practical session, menu planning exercises for their level of skill, what to look for when buying ingredients, and basic theory associated with the practical skills used in the course.
The home economics teachers from the schools participating in the franchise scheme attend a skills training course at Leiths which ensures that pupils at every school follow the same methods and techniques. Leiths provides all the course material, an annual workshop at Leiths, termly visits to see how students are progressing and substantial behind the scenes support.
The participating schools are shown below. If you would like to find out more about joining the scheme or changing your details on this page, please email Alison Cavaliero.
- Beechwood School Tunbridge Wells, Kent
- Broomwood Hall London
- Bruton School for Girls Somerset
- Dean Close Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
- Downe House Thatcham, Berkshire
- Heathfield School Ascot, Berkshire
- Kent College Pembury Tunbridge Wells, Kent
- Knoll Hill School Woking, Surrey
- King’s Taunton Taunton, Somerset
- Leweston School Sherborne, Dorset
- Malvern St James Malvern, Worcestershire
- Millfield School Street, Somerset
- Moreton Hall Oswestry, Shropshire
- Northcote Lodge London
- Prior Park College Bath, Somerset
- Queen Ethelburga’s College Thorpe Underwood Hall, York
- Sherborne School for Girls Sherborne, Dorset
- Stonar School Atworth, Wiltshire
- St George’s School Edgbaston, Birmingham
- St Martha’s Senior School Hadley Wood, Hertfordshire
- St Mary’s School Ascot, Berkshire
- Uppingham School Oakham, Leicestershire
- Westonbirt School Tetbury, Gloucestershire
- Wisbech Grammar School Wisbech, Cambridgeshire
- Queenswood School Hertfordshire