Judith Blacklock Flower School London is one of the first and the only accredited flower schools in the UK, running floristry qualification courses, to have been awarded accreditation by both the British Accreditation Council (BAC) and the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD). But what does this mean?
It means that the flower school is regularly and thoroughly inspected to ensure that teaching on the floristry qualification courses is of the highest quality, judged against a set of standards. The school has continuously passed its inspections on the highest level since 2005.
For example, unlike many other flower schools, it has a maximum of 13 students to ensure one-to-one attention and high-quality learning. This is what the accreditation report says:
“the small numbers ensure that the participants can work close to the tutor and have the necessary space to practice the various floral designs.”
“Courses are delivered by dedicated and experienced teachers with extensive experience in floristry.”
“Students are most appreciative of the care and attention the school gives to their personal and academic needs at all times. Participants receive excellent ongoing support from all members of staff.
The inspection also looks at the suitability of the teaching premises and noted the following: “The School offers its flower arranging courses in attractive, well lit ground floor premises, in a mews in Knightsbridge, London.”
“Table space, areas for relaxation, the high quality of flowers provided for students on all courses ensures a pleasant working and learning environment for staff and students.”
Judith Blacklock Flower School is situated in the heart of London, walking distance from the famous department stores, such as Harrods and Selfridges. The school is housed in a traffic free mews (which were stables and carriage houses in 17th & 18th century), creating a floral haven of peace and an enchanting place to learn floristry. There are lovely places nearby to pick up lunch.
The course materials and international character of the school were also inspected:
“Detailed hand-outs are provided on the courses in English, Japanese, Korean and Chinese.”
“Classes are both theoretical and practical and flowers and greenery are provided within the course fee. [..] Students benefit from an excellent reference library stocked with a comprehensive range of up-to-date books and magazines, including those written by the Principal.”
And if you are coming from afar:
“A recommended accommodation list is given on request of suitable hotels and B&B’s which have been inspected by the team at the school. Students find this information of great value.”
Judith only gives her accredited courses from her school in Knightsbridge, London. Students receive numbered certificates on completion of the accredited Professional Business Course so that no duplicates can be given.
AIFD® Certified Floral Designer
Students who successful complete the required Education Partner coursework, receive a hands-on evaluation deeming the student’s work at the level of a Certified Floral Designer (CFD®) and subsequent Educational Partner referral, will receive an invitation to become a Certified Floral Designer through the American Institute of Floral Designers® (AIFD®). For full information about the CFD® certification, please visit: https://aifd.org/membership/becoming-a-cfd/