Course bookings – Covid-19 pandemic
Advice and precautions

Updated 25 August 2020

As England continues to reopen, with new measures and restrictions in place, we're still looking at whether or not we can restart courses.

There are still a huge number of unknowns at present, and this uncertainty makes it incredibly difficult to plan with any great accuracy. These uncertainties and issues include:

• classroom venues (hotels) which are not yet open, and have no set date for reopening, or which are to remain closed indefinitely

• practical venues which are not yet open, with no set date for reopening

• practical venues which are open, but have restricted visitor numbers

• how to overcome the very personal and tailored nature of our courses with social distancing measures in place

• whether larger classrooms are available elsewhere that would enable more distance between desks

• how to safely provide lunches and refreshments (classroom) or whether to switch to packed lunches

• ensuring that toilet facilities can be cleaned regularly

• that many of you are either still shielding and/or reluctant to mix in groups.

What we're doing to work towards courses starting again:

• liaising closely with our venues and partners, to help inform our own strategy based on their own measures

• planning detailed risk assessments to ensure our tutors and customers are safe

• looking at alternative venues

• following government guidelines and updates closely

At present, selected dates from October 2020 are bookable online, but we're still working with venues to see whether this is possible. Please do not make any travel arrangements or book accommodation as we cannot guarantee that courses will run.

Our overriding responsibility is to you, your fellow photographers as well as to our tutors – to keep you and your families safe.

Additionally, because of the nature of our training courses – where there's inevitably close proximity between you and your tutor as you receive help with camera settings – it's difficult to envisage how social distancing can be implemented whilst still delivering the level of training and personalised tuition that we pride ourselves on.

We are constantly reviewing the situation, as well as the current Government advice and restrictions.

Existing bookings

As and when we do start running our courses again, anyone who has a booking on hold will get priority and will have first refusal on any new dates or venues.

New bookings

If you decide to book onto a course later on in the year, we have suspended our existing cancellation and transfer policy until further notice, to ensure that everyone has maximum flexibility in these uncertain times.

As always, we advise that you do not book accommodation or make travel arrangements until the course is confirmed as going ahead.

Your support is crucial

Lastly, we’re a small company and really appreciate your support during this difficult time. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the office on 01869 331741 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.