Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Is there a class age restriction?

    All our courses are suitable for students 16 years of age and over unless otherwise stated in the course information. However, for group bookings we require all attendees must be 18 years and over.

  • When is the next course running?

    Usually we aim to fill our class schedule with 12 months worth of jewellery making courses for students to choose from. However, the Covid-19 restrictions have required we proceed with caution. So, if there is no date either on the school website or our booking site then we don’t yet have a date in the diary. Once we are sure the course can safely run in its entirety we will add it to our schedule and a bookings button will appear on the course page. Adding your name to the waiting list or registering interest on a course page ensures that you will be notified as soon as new dates have been added to the schedule.

  • The course I'm interested in excludes material costs. How much do materials cost?

    The cost of materials will depend on several factors. As the cost of silver fluctuates and the amount of silver each person uses will be different the costs will differ. We try to include an estimate for each course on the course page in the materials tab. 

    We can always recommend alternative approaches to keep material cost down.

  • How many students are there in a class?

    Our workshop has capacity for 10 students. However, we are currently running reduced class sizes of between 6 – 8 students with social distancing to make the workshop safe while Covid-19 is still a health concern.

  • Do you run courses for children?

    Our courses are suitable for 16 years of age and over.

  • Do I need to bring my own tools?

    We have a very well equipped workshop, you do not need to bring tools unless you have your own set you prefer to use.

  • Do I need to bring my own apron?

    Yes please! Aprons are usually supplied but while Covid-19 remains a health & safety risk we ask all students to bring their own aprons and masks or visors. Single use masks can be purchased at the school if students are unable to supply their own.

  • Is the Kingham Jewellery School Workshop wheelchair friendly?

    Unfortunately our workshop is on the 1st floor only accessible via a staircase.

  • Can I make up missed classes?

    Unfortunately we do not have the capacity to offer alternative classes to the ones you have booked.

  • Can you save me a place on a course?

    To secure your place you will need to book via our booking system.

  • Is there free parking at Kingham Jewellery School?

    Yes we do have free parking at Kingham Jewellery School! The school shares a large gravelled courtyard with the adjoining workshops for parking. Please be mindful not to park too close to the workshop buildings to allow plenty of space for our neighbouring businesses to move freely and take deliveries.

  • Can I bring my own materials?

    Yes you can bring your own materials. A list of the materials required for one day courses can be found on the course page in the materials tab. 

     

  • Do you offer Gift Vouchers?

    Usually yes. However, at the moment we have put our gift vouchers on hold whilst we run a limited schedule due to Covid-19 restrictions.

  • What are all the course dates for the course?

    To find the full schedule for a term time course use the booking button to visit our bookings page where full course schedules are available to preview.

  • How many days does the course run for?

    We offer half day classes, one day courses and term time courses.

    Day time term courses run for 8 weeks, with one 2½ hour class per week plus a half term break. *

    Evening classes run for 10 weeks, with one 2 hour class per week plus a half term break. *

    * Normal class schedules when Covid restrictions are not in place.

  • I received an email to say a space had become available but now the course is showing fully booked again. Is there a space left?

    If you add yourself to the waiting list of a fully booked course you will receive a notification if a space becomes available due to a cancellation. Our system notifies the first contact on the list then waits for one hour before notifying the next contact and so on until either the course is fully booked or all contacts on the waiting list have been notified. If there are no spaces left when you visit the bookings page then someone else has already booked it. If another space becomes available our system starts the notification process over again.

  • Do you offer hot drinks during classes?

    While Covid-19 is a safety concern we are currently asking students to bring a flask. We also have a hot water dispenser if you prefer to bring your own cup and tea bags or coffee to make hot refreshments during your class.

  • Is there anywhere to buy lunch near the jewellery school?

    Lunch options are limited around the workshops so we recommend you bring a packed lunch if you are attending a full day course.

  • Does the school have Wi-Fi?

    Kingham Jewellery School has free guest Wi-fi for enrolled students.

  • Is there a train station nearby the jewellery school?

    Yes there is! If you’re arriving by train we’re a 5 minute walk from Kingham Train station. Turn left out of the train station, we’re about 200m over the bridge on your left at the end of the Langston Priory courtyard. 

  • Am I a Beginner?

    Beginner courses will suit you if you have never soldered with a gas torch or used a piercing saw before.

  • Am I an Improver?

    Our Improver Courses will suit you if you already know how to solder with a gas torch, anneal and use a piercing saw. You will have completed a Beginner silver jewellery or silversmithing course and you want to build on your basic skills.

  • Am I eligible for Advanced courses?

    Our Advanced courses suit students who are confident in a jewellery workshop and competent at soldering with a gas torch and using a piercing saw. You also have a good understanding of how to construct jewellery. However, you want to learn how to make with a higher level of precision.

  • Can I attend an Improver course if I have prior jewellery making experience?

    If you have jewellery making experience and would like to join an Improver course please contact us so that we can offer guidance. We require students to have a good foundation in workshop basics to ensure yours and others safety whilst using our equipment.

  • When is the next course running?

    Usually we aim to fill our class schedule with 12 months worth of jewellery making courses for students to choose from. However, the Covid-19 restrictions have required we proceed with caution. So, if there is no date either on the school website or our booking site then we don’t yet have a date in the diary. Once we are sure the course can safely run in its entirety we will add it to our schedule and a bookings button will appear on the course page. Adding your name to the waiting list or registering interest on a course page ensures that you will be notified as soon as new dates have been added to the schedule.

  • Can I bring my own tools?

    You can bring your own tools if you prefer. However, we have a very well equipped workshop, you do not need to bring tools.

  • Do I need to bring my own apron?

    Yes please! Aprons are usually supplied but while Covid-19 remains a health & safety risk we ask all students to bring their own aprons and masks or visors. Single use masks can be purchased at the school if students are unable to supply their own.

  • Do you provide refreshments?

    While Covid-19 is a safety concern we are currently asking students to bring a flask for teas and coffees. We also have a hot water dispenser if you prefer to bring your own cup and tea bags or coffee to make hot refreshments during your class.

  • Do you provide lunch?

    Please bring a packed lunch if you are attending a full day course. Alternatively, Kingham village shop about a mile from the workshops may offer limited lunch options.

  • Is there free parking at Kingham Jewellery School?

    Yes! We have free parking at Kingham Jewellery School! The school shares a large gravelled courtyard with the adjoining workshops for parking. Please be mindful not to park too close to the workshop buildings to allow plenty of space for our neighbouring businesses to move freely and take deliveries.

  • How do I ask a question not answered in the course details?

    If you have a specific question that isn’t answered in the course details please use the course enquiry form which can be found on the course details page.