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For a future in flowers

The Floristry School is an independent training college in Kelham Island, Sheffield.

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Our courses are designed to develop professional florists and students alike.

Courses & Training

The school is an inclusive environment where everyone feels safe, creative and inspired at all times.

Our Courses

Our focus is on improving skills, developing professional business practice through our bespoke courses, accredited programmes and national apprenticeships.


Why us?

We individualise all our learners and encourage them to develop in a way that will suit their learning style. We have a wealth of commercial floristry experience, together with formal teacher training qualifications which enables us to inspire and guide our learners through the courses and qualifications we offer. We add value to all our courses by working with specialist florists, floral artists and designers, bringing them to The Floristry School to work with our students on specialist subjects, helping to give the students a knowledge and understanding of the wide floral industry.

Can I do any course?

Have a chat with us if you are unsure of which is the right course is for you. Most of our courses are aimed at florists who have achieved a level 2 floristry qualification or who have been working within the industry for some time. We are currently developing further initial training courses for students new to the industry and these will be posted towards the end of 2021 both on the website and Instagram. Just drop us an email telling us about yourself and how you'd like to develop in the floristry industry.

Applying for a course

Please contact us by clicking on the 'Apply now' button on our website and completing the information asked for or alternatively email us on: and we will get back to you as soon as we can. We need to know that each student has chosen the course best suited to them so we interview all potential students to make sure they are confident the course will be developmental and achievable so that progression through the floristry world with the correct underpinning skills and design knowledge is achievable.

What will I learn?

Each course shown within the website, whether it's an accredited course or a masterclass workshop will have a detailed description of the course content attached. The information on the specific designer delivering the course is also shown so you will be able to understand their design styles and inspirations. Once you have enrolled on a course you will be sent a detailed list of tools which you will need for the class, timings for the class and any other relevant information needed. All flowers, foliages, plants and sundries needed for the workshops will be provided by The Floristry School.

How Sustainable are we?

The team at The Floristry School are dedicated to making changes as a leading training provider in the Floristry industry, to become as environmentally forward as possible and to keep up to date with knowledge and developments in the sustainability and biodegradability areas of our industry and the wider environment. We believe that even small adjustments everyday can contribute to helping protect our beautiful planet and establishing a greener, sustainable future for everyone.
Our Students are encouraged to develop sustainable practices and be resource efficient when designing and also be aware of environmental, social and economic sustainability at all times.

Just a little bit about the area

The Floristry School is located in Eagle Works within the Little Kelham development of Kelham Island in Sheffield, in a beautiful refurbished steel mill. The area around Kelham is home to numerous independent shops, cafes, bars and restaurants where students can pop out for a coffee and sandwich during break times. For students who are staying overnight there are many excellent hotels and guesthouses within walking distance of the school.

Masterclasses & Workshops

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Introduction to Professional Floristry - Part 1

Developed by the tutors at The Floristry School, this course will give you the knowledge and skills needed to create and develop some of the key floral designs used by professional florists in the industry.

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Terrarium Workshop

We all know that planted designs and green scaping is ‘on trend’ and will be for the foreseeable future, and we know the benefits of installing plants and planted designs within homes and workplaces helps increase our health and wellbeing.

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The emphasis of this course will be on the profitability, longevity and adaptability of planted designs. 

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Our School

Our contemporary training workshop is based within Eagle Works, Little Kelham, Sheffield

Courses are delivered by our team of industry and academically qualified tutors who have many years of commercial, business and educational floristry experience. This is enhanced and supported by visiting teachers and trainers who bring with them a wealth of specialist, creative and commercial knowledge.

Our Team

Joanne Biddle - Academic Director MDPF, AFLoPF, Cert.Ed. EMC

Jo is an English and European Master Florist and qualified teacher who has taught floristry related subjects for over 25 years, during which time she owned a successful floristry retail business in Lincolnshire. Jo is the Education and Training director for the British Florist Association (BFA) and has helped to develop the Level 2 Apprenticeship Florist Standard and the new Level 3 Senior Florist Apprenticeship alongside the BFA and the Institute for Apprenticeships. Jo teaches on the Level 5 Master Diploma programme and oversees and verifies the apprenticeship programmes.

Abigail McGuire - Creative Director MDPF, AFIoPF, AFLoPF

Abby is a qualified English Master Florist who has been active in the floristry industry for over 30 years and has previously owned a successful retail floristry business in the Sheffield area. Abby is a qualified teacher and assessor who has developed and course leads the apprenticeship programme at The Floristry School. As a passionate floristry competitor and industry ambassador, Abby encourages and mentors our apprentices to enable them to reach their full potential within the industry.

Rebecca Hough MDPF, AFIoPF

Rebecca is a Master Florist and qualified lecturer with a successful background in competition work including winning RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year. Rebecca is a member of the BFA Education and Training Committee and works alongside the team to develop industry qualifications and Standards. 

Georgia Bilbie - Apprenticeship Tutor ICSF

Georgia joined the team in 2023 as a trainee tutor and now qualified; she teaches on both the Level 2 Apprenticeship and Level 3 Senior Florist Apprenticeship alongside Abigail. After successfully achieving her Level 2 and 3 Apprenticeship Georgia achieved her Level 4 Higher Diploma in Floristry whilst working within a wedding and event retail business. Like Abby she is a competitive florist who is committed to continuing her development both academically and creatively within the floristry world. 

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For more information on our courses & events, we'd love to hear from you.

0114 322 2820

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