How old do I have to be to attend a course?
In general from 18, but younger students may be considered.
What age are the students?
All ages, usually between 18 and 50.
Do I have to bring ingredients?
No, all ingredients are provided by the School.
Please see this PDF for information on what you need to bring for different enthusiast classes
What you need to bring and directions (109.9 KiB)
How do I know if I’m a Foundation, Intermediate or Advanced?
Some indication is given on the course pages, but if you have any doubts we suggest that you telephone the school to discuss it with one of the staff, or make an appointment to come and see us.
Which course do I need to do to work in a chalet?
All our Certificate and Diploma courses would be suitable. The shortest course would be the Essential Certificate in Practical Cookery(1 month) but the 10-week Foundation Certificate in Food and Wine would be better.
What is the ratio of men to women?
Around 40%:60%, but variable depending on the course.
Is there accommodation?
We are a non-residential school. However we can supply an accommodation list of local families looking to take lodgers for those attending the Certificate Courses. Alternatively please click on this link to be taken to a list of local hotels and B&B’s.
International/non-EU students Study visas are required for courses up to 6 months whilst Tier 4 Study visas are required for courses in excess of 6 months. Please contact the school should you require more information.
‘Tier 4 Study visa students – if a student fails to attend 10 expected consecutive practical classes and demonstrations the school will withdraw sponsorship of the student and the UKBA authorities will be notified, which may result in the withdrawal of your visa.’
Do the fees include VAT (UK value added tax)?
Yes, unless stated otherwise.
Do you do vouchers?
Yes, you can buy an open-dated Gift Voucher or you can gift a specific Course Voucher.
When do I need to pay?
For the shorter courses we require the full fees on enrolling; for longer courses we require a deposit to enrol. We will invoice you for the full amount 8 weeks before the start of your course, and require payment 4 weeks before the start.
What happens if I can’t attend the course?
We have a cancellations policy in our terms and conditions.
What are the school rules
School Rules (85.0 KiB)Please download this pdf for Leiths School Rules.
How are problems are dealt with at Leiths?
How Problems are delt with at Leiths (114.6 KiB)Please download this pdf for How Problems are dealt with at Leiths
Will I be able to cope if I really can’t cook at all?
Yes – on a Key Skills or Essential course.
How many people are there in a class with how many teachers?
Usually 16 students with 2 teachers. We usually operate a ratio of 1 teacher : 8 students.
What do I need to bring with me?
On short courses an apron and food containers to take your cooking home. On longer courses you will be supplied with a clothing and equipment list.
Can we drink wine whilst cooking?
No – it is against the licensing laws.
How much food will I cook?
Usually enough for 2 people.
Do you do food hygiene or health and safety courses?
Only as an integral part of our full time Certificate and Diploma courses.?
Health and Safety (129.3 KiB)Please download this pdf for our Health and Safety Manual
Where are you situated?
In Wendell Road, West London. There is a map on our contact us page.
Do you have a restaurant or outside catering division?
When was the School set up?
Leiths School of Food and Wine was established in 1975. The Managing Director is Camilla Schneideman, the Principal is Claire Macdonald, and the School is owned by Sir Christopher Bland. The School started its life in Notting Hill Gate, moved to St Alban’s Grove in 1985, and relocated to its present, much larger building at 16-20 WendellRoad in January 2008.