Leiths Cookery Academy

An Introductory Certificate in Food and Wine from the Leiths Academy is a highly prized extra-curricular qualification for girls in the Sixth Form, a useful skillset for life and often a key ingredient for gap year travels.

Creating confident, capable and efficient cooks

This prestigious course is offered to Sixth Form students and is completed over five terms. Numbers are restricted to eight girls in each group to allow sufficient space and attention for each student. The course is designed to teach all skills needed to be confident, capable and efficient cooks and the qualification can be used to obtain jobs, or to allow girls to take a more advanced cookery certificate when leaving School. Girls with the basic certificate can join ‘Leiths List’, which is their own employment agency for students seeking work.

Read our Sixth Form Options booklet to find out more about the Leiths Course and other Sixth Form study options.

Tours & Open Mornings

The best way to find out more about Downe House is to experience it for yourself. Book a personal tour or join us at one of our Open Mornings, available throughout the year.

Now accepting more Day Pupils for September 2025! Learn more at our Open Event on Thursday 9 May.
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