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1. Equal Treatment

Leiths is committed to creating an environment of equal opportunities regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, political opinion or social background.

2. Disability and Barriers to Learning

Leiths will do all that is reasonable to comply with the provisions of the Equality Act and Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 and will comply with its duty to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate the needs of applicants.

3. Students are accepted onto the course on the condition that they have disclosed all health and learning issues that may affect their progress, their attendance and ability to work as part of a group. Failure to do so may result in a student being required to leave their course. 

4. Health and Safety

Students will be given a health and safety briefing at the beginning of their course. They must abide by these instructions whilst within the building.

On multi-part courses, the student attending the first session is the only person permitted to attend the remaining sessions of the course.

5. Security

All personal belongings must be kept safely in the lockers provided and we would advise against bringing anything of value into the school. The student is responsible for the security and safe-keeping of all personal possessions. Students are responsible for insuring their own personal possessions.

6. Alcohol/Drugs

Alcohol should only be consumed on the premises during wine classes or organised school events. It should be drunk in moderation and no one under the age of 18 is permitted to drink alcohol. Anyone who is drunk on the school premises will be required to leave the premises.

Illegal drugs are not allowed on the premises. Anyone founds with drugs will be required to leave the premises.

Anyone conducting themselves in an  unreasonable manner or who may be acting erratically that might lead the Leiths staff to believe they may be under the influence of alcohol and/drugs or whose actions may impact on the other students in class or in a demonstration will be required to leave the premises.

7. Smoking

Smoking is not permitted in the school building. Students are politely requested to not smoke in the doorway of the building or in front of the school on the pavement during lunchtimes and breaks in demonstrations. 

8. Mobile phones

Mobile phones must be on a silent setting during all demonstrations and practical classes. They should not be used at all during class except in cases where students are awaiting important information. Should they need to be answered, students must leave the demonstration room quietly without disruption or the classroom only after telling their teacher that they are leaving to do so. Further, we advise that students take mobile phones into the kitchens at their own risk as there is risk of damage in the commercial kitchen environment. 

9. Out of Bounds

No students are to go into the staff room, store room or demonstration preparation kitchen unless invited by a member of the teaching staff.

10. Confidential Information

Leiths has the right to and the student agrees that it may disclose confidential information about the student on a need-to-know basis where necessary to safeguard or promote the Student’s welfare or to avert a perceived risk of serious harm to the student or to another person at the school. In some cases, members of staff may need to be informed of any particular vulnerability the student may have.

11. Use of Social Media

Prohibited use:

  • You must avoid making any social media communications that could damage our business interests or reputation, even indirectly.
  • You must not use social media to defame or disparage us, our staff or any third party; to harass, bully or unlawfully discriminate against staff or third parties; to make false or misleading statements; or to impersonate staff or third parties.
  • You must not express opinions on our behalf via social media.
  • You must not post comments about sensitive business-related topics, such as our performance, or do anything to jeopardise our trade secrets, confidential information and intellectual property. You must not include our logos or other trademarks in any social media posting or in your profile on any social media.
  • You are not permitted to add members of staff to your personal social networking accounts.


  • We reserve the right to monitor, intercept and review, without further notice, student activities using our IT resources and communications systems, including but not limited to social media postings and activities, for legitimate business purposes which include ascertaining and demonstrating that expected standards are being met by those using the systems and for the detection and investigation of unauthorised use of the systems (including where this is necessary to prevent or detect crime).
  • You may be required to remove any social media content that we consider to constitute a breach of this policy. 

12. Behaviour 

Students agree to the following:

  • To be on time for each class unless prevented by circumstances beyond their control. 
  • To conduct themselves in a manner that does not distract or impair the learning of other students, in both demonstrations and practical class.
  • To pay attention to health and safety in all areas of the building.
  • To be dressed correctly for practical classes (flat shoes, arms and legs covered)

Students who breach these rules of behaviour may be required to leave the premises.

13. Student Grievance and Complaints Procedure

Most grievances can be resolved quickly and informally – there is an open door policy in the school office.   

Step 1: Written Grievance

If informal discussion does not resolve the problem, you should put your grievance in writing and submit it to the Principal or Deputy M.D.. The written grievance should set out the nature of the complaint, including any relevant facts, dates and names of individuals involved so we can fully investigate it.

Step 2: Meeting

We will arrange a grievance meeting, normally within one week of receipt of your written grievance. 

If you cannot attend at the time specified you should let us know as soon as possible and we will try, within reason, to agree an alternative time.

We may adjourn the meeting if we need to carry out further investigations. We will write to you within one week of the meeting to confirm our decision and notify you of any action we intend to take. We will advise you of your right to appeal

Step 3: Appeal

If the grievance has not been resolved to your satisfaction, you may appeal to the Managing Director stating your full grounds of appeal within one week of the date on which the decision was sent or given to you.

We will hold an appeal meeting, normally within two weeks of receiving the appeal. This will be dealt with by someone senior within Leiths who has not previously been involved in the matter or an external adjudicator. We will confirm our decision in writing, usually within one week of hearing the appeal. There is no further right of appeal.



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