Sunningwell School of Art. Duty of Care.


Sunningwell School of Art is safely unlocked and remains the same as always. To make your time at the Art School as smooth, easy and enjoyable as possible we have removed some non-essential shared equipment and furniture. This has enabled us to make enough space for a 1.5 metre social-distancing arrangement in each studio to maintain general health and safety and allows us to operate within the current Government Covid-19 secure guidelines. We are also able to run some larger classes at the village hall which means students can stay together in those groups.

Face coverings are still not yet a legal requirement in educational settings in England. The Government’s advice is that establishments must make their own individual arrangements. We opted to make face coverings essential before we re-opened in September and continue to do so. Due to further government advice on face coverings being available (please click here to read more) we would advise and encourage all those attending to opt for a full face covering that touches the sides of the face. Due to the visual and interactive nature of the work undertaken at the school it may not be practicable for those with spectacles to wear a mask as opposed to a visor. If you are exempt or lip-read please do let us know.  More about face coverings in educational settings can be found here.

Please also scan the Q code at the school to register your attendance. To do this you will need to download the NHS Covid-19 app on your device. The Q code can be found in each room at the school.

We have also taken the following precautions in accordance with government guidelines:

  • One-way systems are in place where practicable.
  • Hand sanitiser is provided at multiple points around the school and at entry and exit points.
  • Each class has a designated toilet which is cleaned after each session.
  • Shared points of contact (‘touch points’) such as door handles and switches, sockets are cleaned after each class.
  • Any shared equipment, furniture, touched surfaces and sink areas are cleaned after each class, this includes touchpoints on easels and boards.
  • Windows will be opened in each studio to increase ventilation. This is subject to weather conditions.
  • All rubbish bins have been changed to pedal bins.

Tea and Lunch Breaks.

As much as we would like to, we are not able to operate the common room as before. Tea breaks can still be taken inside each studio or in the outdoor area in front of the pottery when weather allows. Tables and chairs will be cleaned after each class.

The village hall has a garden area and benches. We will provide coffee, tea and hot water (bring your own herbal tea if you’d like to). The Flowing Well pub is open for lunches if pre-booked.

Essential items you need bring:

  • ALL the art materials you need for your class. (This includes palettes, jam jars, rags and newspaper.) You can still purchase paper and other materials from the school shop.
  • Mug, herbal teas (if you prefer) and biscuits for tea breaks.
  • Extra layers if you would like to sit outside at break times.
  • Face covering.

Other things to note while you are at the School include the following:

  • If you have handled any still-life objects then you will be asked to place them in a box for cleaning / quarantine at the end of the class.
  • Drapes, blind pulleys, portable spotlights and heaters must only be handled by your tutor.
  • Drawers, cupboards and shelves must only be handled by tutors – please ask if you need something.
  • If you use a hair dryer please leave it in the box with still life items to be cleaned afterwards.
  • Hand sanitiser will be provided at key places throughout the school. Please sanitise your hands on entering the school.

School shop

We will be running the school shop as usual from the common room so please bring some loose change with you. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to offer change at this time. We will shortly be expanding the school shop as we will be working together with the Broad Canvas to bring you a better range of art supplies.

Arrival Times.

Please do not arrive early for your lesson. If you do, please wait outside the school until the session begins as this allows time for the tutor to move around the room freely whilst setting up for the day.

Parents and guardians of children attending Sunningwell.

Unfortunately, it will not be possible for parents and guardians to wait in the common room whilst the class takes place. If you cannot leave and return the Flowing Well is open all day for teas, coffees, drinks, food and snacks.


We know everyone is respectful, however we would ask that if you do have any Covid-19 symptoms to call and let us know you will not be attending the school and seek professional guidance. Please also let us know immediately if you, or anyone you have been in contact with, develops symptoms and has visited the school within the previous 14 days.


We will need to ask you to sign your class register for permission to pass on your contact details to Track and Trace should the need arise. Parents of children attending classes at the school will need to sign also.

We are looking forward to seeing you and hope that you enjoy your day!

Stop Press! Some classes to take place at Bayworth Chapel

Opera Anywhere have provided their rehearsal space at Bayworth Chapel to the Art School in order for some of the classes to continue to take place, following the government guidelines. The Monday afternoon watercolour class with George Boyter, the Tuesday morning and afternoon life classes with Neil Drury and Wednesday morning and afternoon classes with Allyson Austin.

Directions from the Art School to Bayworth Chapel are as follows: From the Art School drive towards the Flowing Well, bear left and follow the lane for about 1/2 mile until you reach Bayworth Village, drive through a row of houses on the left and right, past the green on the right and follow the road around a sharp bend to the left. After 6 houses on the left you will reach Bayworth Chapel. You may prefer to park at the art school and walk to the chapel, which is about a 10 minute walk however there is parking for 12 cars parked carefully at the chapel. Please enter the Chapel at the front of the building and not through the hall doorway at the rear of the car park, the Hall and office at the rear is rented out to Heelas Heating.

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