Student Life

As a Lakefield College student, you’ll be part of a vibrant team with a great social scene, with loads of opportunities to make your college experience truly memorable

Residential Student

If you decide to live in our college, you just have to wake up & come for breakfast! Later on, you are going to have a timetable that will look like this:

9.00am – 1.00pm Practical Hospitality Training

1.30-5.30 Theory Classes

6.30- 8.00 Paid Work

5 hours Paid Work

Not Residential Student

If you decide not to live in our college, you will have to arrive in time for the practical session in the morning. Your timetable that will look like this:

9.00am – 1.00pm Practical Hospitality Training
1.30-5.30 Theory Classes
6.30- 8.00 Paid Work (optional)

5 hours Paid Work (optional)

Student Services

Lots can happen during your time at our college and that’s why we are on hand to advise and support you.


At Lakefield, we want you have the opportunity to develop your full potential. As a student, you will have a personal tutor who will help you set and reach your goals in the areas of personal and professional development and who is available throughout your training.

This because we want to provide you with personal values such as team work, time management, commitment and flexibility. We focus on the person as a whole, developing not only professional but also personal and social skills, which are much requested by the leading members of the Hospitality Industry.


If you live outside London, our College offers accommodation. This includes three meals a day, a weekly laundry service, your own room (with a basin) and individually cubicle showers. When you book a course with us you are able to stay with us for an extra fee of £49/week.

Possibility To Work

Be one of the selected students to get the possibility of earning income by working for Netherhall Catering. These hours will be paid at the National Minimum Wage for the age group of the students.


The college has excellent facilities for learning which include professional training kitchens, a training food service department, and classrooms with interactive whiteboards.

Wine Lab

Our newly furnished wine lab provides an appropriate space for our WSET level 1 and 2 wines courses. We stock a range of wines and spirits for tasting and the appropriate glassware for wines, spirits and cocktails.

Computer Room

You can use any of the computers that are in the computer room, and you can use the college WIFI. You may normally use the computer room between 1.00-2.30pm and 6.00-9.00pm.


You can have access to the library that has an wide range of both recipe books and theory books. These include books on Food and Beverage, International cuisine, Specialised Diets and more!

Study Spaces

There are plenty of study spaces including a desk in your room and the library, that can be used as a quiet study area.

Laundry Service

As said before, as a Lakefield residential student you can have access to the laundry service. The laundry team is very efficient, it will wash your laundry on a Thursday and return it ironed and folded on Friday.

Financial Support

We understand that financial matters are an important consideration for our students and that everyone’s circumstances are different.

Residential Bursaries

We offer bursaries to full-time students taking courses at our Lakefield Hospitality College. The bursary is for accommodation costs or for travel costs, if the student wishes to stay at home.

The bursary can be up to £94 a week for students living away from home. The bursary is means tested, so the amount you receive will depend on your family’s income. Applications for bursaries are made direct to the college, please send us an e-mail at WENDY@LAKEFIELD.ORG.UK for more information.

Careers Support & Advice

We are ready to give you any career advise you need to help you plan your future progression.

During your regular meeting with your mentor, we are more than happy to give you advice and guidance about employment and apprenticeship opportunities, continuing on in further or higher education.

• CV skills: we will teach you how to write and fine tuning your CV

• Life skills: you will learn the importance of communication, body language and assertiveness in world of work

• Group sessions

• Preparation for employment – interview tips, help with application forms, and job searching

• Preparation for higher education – help choosing university courses, applying to UCAS, writing personal statements and student finance

Term Dates

Autumn Term 2021/2022

Sunday 26th September | Residential students arrive by 8.00 pm
Monday 27th September | Term Begins @ 08.45 am
Sunday 12th December | Formal Christmas Lunch & Santa’s Visit
Tuesday 14th December | Christmas Celebration for family and friends
Friday 17th December | Term Ends after classes @ 5.00 pm

Wednesday 3rd November @ 1.00 pm – Sunday 7th November @ 9.00 pm

Spring Term 2021/2022

Sunday 9th January | Residential students arrive by 9.00 pm
Monday 10th January | Term Begins @ 08.45 am
Friday 8th April | Term Ends after classes @ 5.00 pm
(17th April Easter Sunday)

Wednesday 23rd February @1.00 pm – Sunday 27th February @ 9.00 pm

Summer Term 2021/2022

Sunday 24th April | Residential students arrive by 9.00 pm
Monday 25th April | Term Begins @ 08.45am
Saturday 9th July | Certificate Presentations 3.30 pm; Family & friends welcome
Friday 15th July | Term Ends after classes @ 5.00 pm

Monday 6th June @1.00 pm –Friday 10th June @ 9.00 pm

Open Days


Do you want a Tour?

Bespoke visits are organized by appointment. These can be arranged for weekdays 11 am – 1 pm or Saturdays 11 am – 2 pm.
Please email if you would like to arrange a visit and we can show you around!

Information for Parents

Course Fees and Financial help

Our courses cost £1785 per year.
This includes:
City & Guilds registration
Exam fees
Assessment packages.
Your daughter may be eligible for a bursary, these need to be applied for and are allocated to a proportion of students.

Student support

Students will have a weekly meeting with their assessor to assess their practical and theoretical progress.
They will also have a monthly meeting with their mentor which focuses more on employability skills and personal development. Students who do not achieve grade 5 – 9 for English and maths GCSE need to apply for level 2 functional skills in English, maths or both.

Residential facilities

Students who wish to be residential have the possibility of an individual room. This is equipped with a bed, desk, hand basin, wardrobe, and bookshelf. Individual shower cubicles with lockable doors are situated on each corridor and there is a laundry service provided each week. Bedrooms are cleaned on weekdays.


Residential students are provided with a cooked breakfast, lunch and a three-course dinner each evening. They will need to provide their own snacks.
Under 18 students are not permitted to drink alcohol on the premises during special events or while they are in the care of the staff at Lakefield.

We operate a system of signing in for meals. Students can eat out if they prefer. We do cater to diets e.g. vegetarian, lactose-free, gluten-free. If the diet is for a medical reason we need to see a doctors note. The college should be made aware of any allergies or intolerances before the term starts.


Students are required to arrive at the start with their uniform and textbooks which need to be ordered far in advance to ensure they arrive on time.

International Students

International students can apply providing they have a European passport. Unfortunately, we cannot accept students with visas or a non-EU passport.If your application is successful you will be required to spend 2 – 4 days in Lakefield for a tryout period.




You will apply online and you will receive the full application form from a member of our team. This will be processed and you will be invited for a try out and interview.

A try out is two days at Lakefield where you will have a taste about how the college and classes work. You will work alongside staff and students. This is for us to observe your skills set and for you to get a taste of what it will be like on the course.

These are either previous employers or a teacher from your school. Referees cannot be members of your family.

You can apply for a bursary but we cannot guarantee you will be eligible.

Yes, once you have been offered a place you will be sent a link to order your equipment and uniform on line.

Yes, a £75 deposit needs to be paid after we have confirmed your place.