Covid Health & Safety Information

Welcoming you back

We have really missed cooking together and we are delighted to be able to welcome you back safely to the school.

We are doing everything necessary to be smart and safe about it and we are ensuring our students are doing the same. If you're not feeling 100% please don't enter the Leiths building. If you feel something coming on, please err on the side of caution. And if you've already booked and come down with something, there won't be any cancellation repercussions. Your health and safety is our number one priority. Thank you.

General procedures in the building:

Our full procedures are reviewed weekly. Please contact for full procedures.

  • All staff and students who are not exempt are requested to wear masks at all times from entering to leaving the building, except when eating or drinking.
  • Touch points are cleaned with appropriate antibacterial cleaning products between and during classes and specific toilets are allocated to specific groups.
  • Students will be asked to wash their hands at the start of classes and maintain scrupulous hygiene throughout the class. Teachers will aim to stagger tasks to prevent crowding and encourage students to work at a distance from one another where possible.
  • By following these procedures you may avoid the need to isolate or take a PCR test in the unfortunate event of a student testing positive.
  • Some classes are operating at reduced capacity and some are operating at full capacity, depending on the ventilation and layout of each of our kitchens.

Testing for Leiths courses:

All staff, students and visitors are asked to show their NHS covid pass and a negative lateral flow test before entering the building. (You can contact if you are unable to show a pass for any reason or need help locating/uploading it.)

  • You can take a lateral flow test either at a community testing centre or at home.
  • Leiths reception can advise on testing sites and sourcing home tests if required.
  • All students are sent a link to a simple form to complete which makes it easy for you to send us your test results. This will be sent in an email with the other joining instructions prior to your course.
  • You will be advised on when you need to test according to your particular course – see your pre-course email.
  • All students will be sent a link to a form to complete so you can share your NHS covid pass.

What will happen if a student tests positive:

We will contact the whole student group by email as soon as we have been notified.

  • We will tell you who the student is so that you can assess your contact with them.
  • If you have worked on a table with them you will need to take a PCR test as a precaution and share a negative result before returning to the building - this applies to students on courses lasting longer than one day.
  • All students in the same class as a positive case (including those who have worked on a table with the student directly and have taken a PCR test) will be asked to take daily lateral flow tests for the 10 days following their fellow student’s positive test result. This will depend on the length of your course and will be advised by Leiths.
  • As long as you have followed the procedures (maintaining distance, wearing masks) you do not have to isolate unless contacted by NHS track and trace and asked to do so.

If you receive a positive Covid result within 48 hours of being in the Leiths building please call the school ASAP and ensure you speak to one of our staff on 02087496400.

We thank you for your understanding and patience during these changing times and look forward to cooking with you at Leiths soon!


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