Student Welfare & Health & Safety

The health, safety & welfare of students is our main priority.

To ensure everyone’s safety risk assessments are regularly reviewed with our team. They cover all aspects of Film School from facilities to activities. We have an excellent health and safety record.

All UK Film School staff have enhanced DBS (Police) checks. Every member of the team at UK Film School (UKFS) works professionally within the film and TV industry and has a wealth of experience of working with and mentoring young people.

A suitably qualified and experienced member of the UKFS team is responsible for every student’s pastoral care throughout the duration of the residential.

We have been running a successful Summer School for young people for over 10 years and during that time have hosted hundreds of students from all over the world. Our team is highly skilled and experienced in looking after young people in a boarding environment.


UK Film School have all necessary insurances including Public Liability Insurance.

However, our insurance does not cover for personal accident or loss or damage to personal property. We advise you to take out insurance if you wish to have cover for personal accident or loss or damage to personal property or for cancellation through sickness, injury or any other reasons, as we are not able to offer a refund in these circumstances. Please do not bring valuables to Film School.

What will students be doing during the course?

The course provides an exciting and valuable insight into how filmmaking works. Our ethos is to treat students as a professional film crew from the outset.

Students receive professional mentoring throughout the course and will be shown how to produce a film and use all the filmmaking equipment.

Student’s work in groups of a maximum of 12 (the ‘film crew’) and the film crew make a film from start to finish over the 5 days of the course.

You can view the Filmmaking Timetable on our Course Information & Forms page.

The filmmaking runs from 9.00am until 4pm Monday to Friday.

Monday and Tuesday are pre-production days, which include;

  • an introduction to the filmmaking equipment with a Health and Safety briefing,
  • pitching ideas for the film,
  • script development, how to write and layout a script
  • casting the film,
  • scheduling the shoot
  • location scouting

Wednesday through to Friday are filming days, during this time the student film crew will act in and film the scenes they devised during days 1 and 2.

The cast and crew are rotated during the 3 filming days so that everyone gets an opportunity to experience the many different aspects of filmmaking. The finished film footage is then taken away and edited at our studio.

Once the filmmaking has finished at 4 pm students have some free time before supper.

After supper the evenings are taken up with filmmaking activities. All our activities are planned, supervised and risk assessed for safety.

All the activities are included in the cost of the course.

What time does the course start & finish?

Please can students arrive between 4pm-6pm on Sunday.

The course finishes at 3.00pm on the last day. Please collect students by latest 3.30pm on Friday.

What do students need to bring?

We have provided a suggested Kit List on our Course Information & Forms page.

Generally comfortable, practical clothing is best for filmmaking e.g. jeans, t-shirt, sweatshirts and trainers.

Students must wear sensible footwear and please don’t forget a warm hoodie/jumper and a waterproof coat and footwear, just in case the weather is wet.

Please don’t forget to pack toiletries and a towel. Bed linen is provided.

Students can also bring along any costumes or props they may want to wear or use in their film.

All filmmaking equipment is supplied by UK Film School. The filmmaking equipment our student’s use is professional, broadcast quality.

We recommend that students do not bring any personal items of value to Film School as we cannot be responsible for any personal items lost or damaged.

We recommend that students bring a small amount of spending money to spend in the tuck shop and if they want to buy a UK Film School hoodie, T-shirt or Beanie hat.


All students are accommodated at Garden House Stamford. The house offers free WiFi, TV with Sky, Netflix and other streaming services, free parking,  en suite rooms and beautiful walled gardens.

Garden House is situated close to Burghley Park and is just a few minutes stroll from the centre of historic Stamford. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly.

The student accommodation is supervised at all times, day and night by our residential staff.

Each en suite room is occupied by students of the same gender and age group. A minimum of 2 adults supervise the students at night.

The majority of our rooms are twins, and a few are triples. If you would like to share a room with your friend of the same gender, we can help you arrange that.


We provide 3 meals per day in the dining room of Garden House.

  • Breakfast; continental.
  • Light lunch; sandwiches, fruit, yogurt etc.
  • Cooked evening meal

If you have any additional dietary requirements please let us know in advance. We can provide vegetarian options by prior request.

Contacting a student whilst on the residential

In an emergency, if you need to contact a student during the residential please call Gary Halliday on 07768 201500.

Travelling to Garden House High Street St Martin’s, St Martins, Stamford PE9 2LP

Garden House Stamford is located within easy access of the A1 – 2 hours by car from central London and has good rail links. From London Kings Cross 1 Hour 10 Mins Direct.

The nearest station is Stamford Lincolnshire. Garden House is located approx  0.2 Km – 3 mins walk from Stamford Train Station.

How can students access a copy of their film once they have made it?

Once the film has been professionally edited at our production office it will be uploaded to our YouTube channel and a link to the film will be posted to our social media. Students can use the film that they have made to enhance their applications to Film School, University and College.

Benefits of the Course

Students will experience the thrill of being part of a professional production and film crew, working as a team, co-operating and collaborating with each other. Each student has a responsibility in the making of the film and can enjoy all aspects of the filmmaking process.

Students will be able to enjoy the extensive facilities and activities provided by us and make new friends and grow in confidence away from home.

For those considering a career in film and TV this course provides a good introduction and our mentors are on hand throughout the week to provide career advice and guidance.

We are proud to be a Duke of Edinburgh Award Approved Activity Provider and can complete assessor’s reports for DofE Award students.

We can also provide references for applications to Film School, University and College etc.

Do you offer any discounts?

We offer sibling, loyalty and group discounts. The sibling and loyalty discount is £25.

Group discount rates are available on request.