Posted: 13th January 2022


  • Belsize Park girls school has unique purpose-built teaching kitchen which will open for community classes for the first time
  • Cookery classes to be taught by professional chefs and bakers, including David Atherton, winner of The Great British Bake Off in 2019
  • Students will learn basic cooking skills and will dine together too
  • Classes are suitable for ages 7-12 

Belsize Park, London, Thursday 13th January 2022: – Sarum Hall School, an independent prep school for girls in London’s Belsize Park, is opening up its purpose-built food studio for a series of kids’ cookery classes in 2022.

The Food Studio at Sarum Hall was built in 2018 and officially opened by baking queen, Dame Mary Berry. The Food Studio is a popular facility at the school but previous plans to open up the facility to the community had to be shelved due to the Coronavirus pandemic in 2020.

In 2022, however, the school is committed to sharing the facility and the importance of teaching young people how to enjoy and make good food. Classes will be held with strict measures in place – a limited number of students in each class, and LFD testing for all in attendance.

The classes are a series of collaborations between the school and professional bakers, chefs and food businesses. Lessons include classes with David Atherton, winner of the Great British Bake Off in 2019 who will be teaching classes such as ‘Foodie Forest Feast’ and ‘Healthy Eating Never Tasted This Good’ where little guests can look forward to cooking delicious treats such as ‘Cheese Volcanoes’ and ‘Polar Bear Bread’.

On Friday evenings, the Food Studio will be taken over by professional chefs Tamara Tawil from Teta’s Bites and Valeria Suppa from The Sweet Bit who will teach children to make both a savoury main course and sweet dessert. Students will then sit to dine with their fellow bakers.

And during half term week, biscuits and cookies will be on the agenda with Agnieszka Siedlecka from Rise & Shine Baking, a local baking teacher who also runs a very successful online cookie shop.

Headmistress Miss Victoria Savage commented:

“Food is an integral part of life at Sarum Hall School to ensure the wellbeing of the whole school community, and we are fortunate to have our own purpose-built teaching kitchen. We are very excited to open up our facility to the wider community, and are delighted to welcome such special and talented chefs to share their baking secrets. The classes promise to be educational, but above all fun, and that is the best way to learn about and enjoy food!”.

A full list of classes can be found here:




About Sarum Hall School
Sarum Hall is an independent girl’s school in London’s Belsize Park.  The modern building was purpose built in 1995 and students benefit from large, spacious and light classrooms which promote creativity and curiosity in learning. The girls have a variety of lessons with specialist teachers alongside the core subjects of English, Maths and Science, including Sports, Music, Art, Drama, French, Mandarin and Computing, which allow the children to excel in a variety of fields.


About Sarum Hall Food Studio

Sarum Hall School is an independent school in Belsize Park. Our Food Studio is a unique purpose-built facility for children to learn about food and nutrition. We are pleased to offer classes for our students as well as the wider local community. The Studio is also open for private hire and filming.


For more information and photographs, please contact:
Helen Gleeson
Food Studio Events & Marketing Manager
07957 919 149

Categories: School news

“Why did we choose Sarum Hall? Its reputation and our observations on the school’s value system and pastoral care, and how they raise the girls in addition to educating them. Also their commitment to music, the arts and extra-curricular activities.”

Sarum Hall School parent

“I think she is being extremely well taught in a very nurturing environment.”


Sarum Hall parent

“My daughter is happy and enjoys her school experience immensely. She often surprises us with the breadth of her knowledge.”

Sarum Hall parent