FAQ's

• Creating a Safe Environment

 

  • Cleaning of all machinery, equipment, surfaces and all touchpoints before each session.

  • Parents and staff wait outside the building with socially distanced queuing.

  • Smaller classes

  • Staff to wear clear face visors when within 1m of students.

  • Wearing of masks for students ages 11+.

  • Hand sanitisation on arrival.

  • Students follow social distancing rules with staff assistance throughout.

  • Students and staff encouraged to wear masks

  • Social distancing guidelines using hazard tape in place.

  • Mobile phones cleaned before use.

  • New teaching methods including tutor guided sewing skills video demonstrations.

  • Socially distanced learning spaces.

  • Monitored lavatory visits, ensuring a safe distance

  • Paper towels and antibacterial hand wash only in bathrooms.

  • 20-second handwashing to be observed at all times.

  • Temperatures of the students will be checked before each class.

  • NHS Track and Trace QR on the door for external visitors.

  • Staff and students tested with rapid testing.

This protocol will be updated regularly to be inline with government advice.

 

• Fees & Info

Fee includes:

  • All materials required (fabrics, haberdashery, art materials and equipment)

  • Studio tuition

  • The Summer Fashion School London tote bag

 

Residential: Resuming Summer 2022

Fee includes:

  • A twin room at Lightfoot Hall

  • Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner

  • The Summer Fashion School London tote bag including all materials required

  • Studio and evening tuition

  • 24 hour care

  • Transportation

  • Extracurricular activities (not including optional extras, Afternoon Tea at Bluebird and Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley)

  • Experience trips, tours, workshops and visits

  • Talks from industry experts

Subject to minor changes

 

Non-residential: TBC

Fee includes:

  • The Summer Fashion School London tote bag including all materials required

  • Studio tuition

  • Transportation

  • Experience trips, tours, workshops and visits

  • Talks from industry experts

You will be required to bring or buy lunch. Afternoon Tea at Bluebird and Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley is not included and is charged separately.

 

Subject to minor changes

 

• Do I need to bring money with me?

 

If you haven’t opted for ‘fully inclusive’ (an additional optional extra) then you’ll need to bring some money to buy lunch each day. We also recommend that you bring spending money for the V&A museum shop etc.

 

There are plenty of banks and ATM cash machines available near Lightfoot Hall if you need to get cash out. However, it is also advisable to come prepared with a variety of payment means (i.e. bank cards and cash). You will probably want to bring some cash with you for the first few days in case of any emergency purchases that are required.

 

Guidance on personal expenses is very difficult as it depends on the individual. General guidelines on the amount of money to bring will be provided in an email prior to your arrival.

 

• What happens in the case of an accident or emergency?

 

As our residential staff are first aid trained and will be on hand 24 hours a day, they will be able to act quickly if there is an accident or emergency. The nearest A&E is Chelsea and Westminster Hospital which is 5 minutes away from both Lightfoot Hall and our studio at Kensington and Chelsea College.

 

All students must provide the contact details of two parents or guardians prior to starting the course who must be available during the programme. It is vital that we have the correct information in case of an emergency.

 

• Should I bring a mobile phone?

 

Yes! Students should definitely bring their mobile phones with them if they have a camera phone that will work in the UK, as this provides family and friends, as well as our staff, with a way of contacting them. We also encourage our students to take photographs of their work to record their process and to support their design work.

 

However, audio/video calls and text messaging are not permitted during our classes, masterclasses, talks or during any other educational session/activity.

 

• Are parents allowed to visit?

 

Parents/guardians are required to drop off and collect their child every day unless the parent/guardian has communicated the student will be making their own way. We do not allow parents/guardians into the studio unless we are holding an exhibition

 

• What kind of clothing should I bring?

 

Students who have booked and confirmed a place on one of our programmes will receive an email a few weeks before the course begins. This will contain important and useful information including what to bring and a list of packing suggestions. So please make sure your contact information is up-to-date and you check your emails regularly!

 

In July and August it is normally warm in London – but it’s very unpredictable so it is important that you pack for all weathers! Above all, dress to reflect your own fashion personality rather than worry about anyone else. We love your style! You will need trainers or comfortable shoes for walking around London (you can always put your other fabulous shoes in your bag until we get to our destination) and a foldaway umbrella just in case!

 

Weather reports and forecasts can be found online at BBC Weather.

 

 

• Do I need a visa to travel to the UK?

 

If your country is part of the EU or the European Economic Area you will not require a visa. However, if you’re not in the EU or you’re unsure, we strongly recommend checking whether you require a visa to visit and study within the UK before applying. You can check this online by visiting the UK Government’s website.

 

Application

 

You can apply for a Short-term study visa online here which costs £186 for a 6 month visa. Please ensure you have applied for this at least 3 months before the course start date. We can support your application by providing evidence that you have been offered a place on one of our programmes. Please get in touch and a member of our team will be able to assist you.

 

• Are meals included in my programme fees?

 

No meals are provided during the programme this year (2021). Please either bring a packed lunch, pre-order a lunchbox from Farm Girl or students can buy something each day at a nearby Tesco’s with permission.

 

• How secure is Lightfoot Hall?

 

*Accommodation suspended until 2022* The Hall is protected by an on-site 24 hour security team who monitor the building to ensure you feel safe and secure at all times.  There will also be 24 hour dependable pastoral care provided by Caroline and Kerry to ensure you feel welcome, inspired, supported and included.  If you have a problem, feel unsure or a little lonely, we are here for you at all times. Additionally, there is Lightfoot Hall’s Roxana Crainic running the dedicated on-site hospitality and maintenance team should you ever need help.

 

• Are there laundry facilities on my campus?

 

*Accommodation suspended until 2022* Lightfoot Hall have modern laundry facilities which our students can use. Our staff will be on hand to assist.

 

 

• Are boys and girls housed separately?

 

*Accommodation suspended until 2022* All our students will reside in the same building (Lightfoot Hall) if you’ve decided to board with us.

Upon applying to our course, we ask you to specify the student’s gender. This is because males and females do not share a room – we pair our students based on their gender and shared interests.

There may be a case where boys and girls are staying on the same floor/level. However, our residential members of staff will be on hand to provide 24 hour support.

 

 

• Will I have to share a room/facilities?

 

*Accommodation suspended until 2022* Sharing your room with a student on your course is a great way to make friends! We always make sure you’ll be sharing with someone of the same gender who has similar/shared interests.

If you have decided to book onto our residential programme, the course price includes a twin room (which means you will be sharing a room with one student) complete with an en-suite bathroom, two single beds, two wardrobes and a two fitted study desks with chairs. There is a TV in each room and free WiFi throughout. If you prefer, you can book a studio room (single) for an extra charge – simply tick the box when applying online.

 

 

• When should I arrive for my course?

 

Our general studio hours are Monday – Friday 9.30 am – 4.00 pm. Please check your booking for the exact dates.

 

• Will I receive a certificate after the course?

 

Absolutely! Students will be awarded The Summer Fashion School London Certificate upon completion of the programme. This will be presented on the last day of the course during your final exhibition.

 

All certificates are personalised and hand signed by our programme director, Caroline Gration. Therefore, please make sure your name is spelt correctly on your application form. If it isn’t, please let us know as soon as possible!

 

• What’s your cancellation policy?

 

We understand that sometimes, due to a variety of reasons, you may need to cancel your place on one of our courses.

Your deposit is non-refundable under any circumstances. This is due to the school reserving a space for your child and making the necessary arrangements at our venues, on our trips and at our accommodation (if you selected our residential programme). However, if you paid for the course in full when your application was confirmed, you can get a refund as detailed below.

 

If you need to cancel due to Covid-19 related reasons:

 

  • You have the right to cancel before 30 days of the start date of your programme. You will have a full refund minus the deposit.

  • Within 14 days of your programme start date, if any of these reasons prevent you from attending, your place will be deferred until next year* (we will ask for proof to verify the reason,) such as:
    · You or a member of your household contracts COVID-19
    · You have to quarantine before the course at the time of travel (due to last-minute change in local laws)
    · There is no travel available from your country to the UK

 

If you are forced to cancel through illness or injury and you have bought travel insurance, then you will be able to claim on the insurance policy, subject to the policy’s terms and conditions and exclusions.

 

For any other cancellation reason, our terms and conditions for refunds are as follows:

Any cancellation must be received in a letter sent electronically and can only be for cancellations before your course start date where you have paid in full in advance. The course fees minus the deposit amount will be proportionally refunded as per the table below.

 

Period before start date           Total refunded

120+ days                                            100%

90-119 days                                         50%

45-89 days                                          10%

0-44 days.                                           0%

 

 

If you have any questions regarding a refund, please do get in touch. In addition, it may be useful to read our Application and Payment Terms.

 

• What do my course fees include?

 

Fees include:

 

  • All materials required (fabrics, haberdashery, art materials and equipment)

  • Studio tuition

  • Talks from industry experts

  • The Summer Fashion School London tote bag

  • Certificate of completion

 

 

• How do I pay for the course?

 

Until 31st May 2021, you can either pay the course fees in full, or you can pay the non-refundable deposit amount of £86 for the 5-day programmes or £52 for 2-3 day programmes. The remaining balance is required at least 14 days before the start date of the course. Where your application is less than 60 days before the start date, the balance must be covered in full.

 

If you choose to only pay the deposit you will be sent an invoice to pay the remaining balance. You will receive this invoice at least 21days before the start of your programme. The invoice can be paid either by credit/debit card or via Bank Transfer (UK students only). Payment is made securely online by credit or debit card – this is our preferred payment method as it is convenient and removes unnecessary bank transfer fees for our students. We do accept BACS payment, however, all bank charges must be covered by the fee payer and you will be billed accordingly.

 

If you have any questions regarding payment, please email us.

 

• What’s your Age Policy?

 

Our Age policy states that you must fall in-between the given age brackets to partake in the programme, at the time the course will take place. This is to ensure students are of a similar age, in addition to providing a more tailored programme to their age group. If you have any questions with regards to our policy, please contact us.

 

• Meet entrepreneur fashion designers

 

If you are on our 14 – 19 year old programme, you will have the opportunity to meet business savvy fashion designers who are currently working in the fashion industry. You will get to hear how they began their own brands after University, if they completed internships and what they learnt from them, and their plans for the future. Our programme will provide you with an exclusive tour of their studio in London as well as the opportunity to work on a design brief written by the designer themselves – extremely exciting for budding fashion designers!

 

(Subject to change)

 

• Meet high-end garment manufacturers

 

Both age groups will have a very unique opportunity to visit high-end garment manufacturers for films, TV series and brands such as Vivienne Westwood, Christopher Kane, Giles Deacon, Topshop Unique, Harrods, Selfridges etc. Our programme will provide you with an exclusive and rare behind the scenes tour of their factory to see how the fashion industry is really run. With many of the London Fashion Week collections made there, we are sure you will leave full of high-end garment construction and design production methods.

 

(Subject to change)

 

• Optional additional extras

 

*Suspended untiil Summer 2022*

Lunch: £200 per student

Studio room at Lightfoot Hall: £200 per student

Afternoon Tea at Harrods: £63 per student (sample menu here)

Prêt-à-Portea (afternoon tea) at The Berkeley: £63 per student (sample menu here)

Gatwick Airport arrival/ departure transfer with chaperone: £38 per student one way or £73 per student return

(A chaperone will be at arrivals on the Saturday from 9am-11am, and will arrive on Friday to check in for departures at 7pm. Please book your flights according to these times if you select our transfer option)

 

Heathrow Airport arrival/departure transfer without chaperone (via Addison Lee): £68 per student one way or £136 per student return

 

Our afternoon tea options include staffing and service charges. More options will soon be available.