Quality Assurance

  • By K PYMER
  • 26 May, 2017

We have been so pleased without students this week - they have done us proud.

EQA Visit
Our VTCT EQA came to visit this week and quality assured Functional skills, Hairdressing Level 2 and Barbering Level 2.  Our students and staff were amazing, it was a busy day working between the two premises.  Poor Sara being observed all day!  The students doing the functional skills discussions were amazing, considering they had someone in the room they didn't know, observing them.  They got on with their discussions and presentation with ease.  Thanks to Emily who stepped up to make up the numbers.  Thank you to the barber students who came in specially for the visit.   We haven't got the report back yet, but we have been told everything is fine and we are looking forward to the EQA visit in June! 

1st years
More congratulations to our students.  The Tuesday group all passed their two Colour online tests with flying 'colours'. After a bit of trouble with the computers, everything worked out fine and with one student getting 100%!  Well done!

Bank holiday weekend
The Academy will be closed on Monday due to the Bank Holiday, but will be back on Tuesday.  The training salon is now open Monday - Wednesday until September when our new classes start.  We hope the good weather stays for the long weekend so we can all get out and about - with sun screen of course.  Check out our Facebook page for some summer hair up ideas.

Teaching and Assessing
As you can see from our image above, learning continues throughout our careers.  That is why we have introduced a teaching qualification to our list of continuing professional development courses.  This way you can pass on your knowledge to others - whether it is hairdressing or flower arranging.  If you teach others or are thinking about it, we will take you through the planning, delivery, evaluation and the principles of assessing.  Call 01603 886969 or look under the ' Continuing Professional Development ' tab for more information.

We are deeply saddened by the events that took place in Manchester this week.  We send our best wishes to everyone who was involved and their families.  It was encouraging to hear of the amount of people who came to peoples aid, with all the doom and gloom we hear on the news, this was good to hear.

Have a great weekend and see you next week!  

By K PYMER 22 Sep, 2017

Our Level 3 students are getting some ideas for their creative styles by creating a moodboard.  They were practising this week on tuition heads, but if you fancy one of these styles or something different, we have appointments available on Monday and Thursday afternoons.  We look forward to seeing their creations.

Our 1st year apprentices had some Matrix product training by Gemma at Barkers.  They learnt what the different shampoo and conditioners are used for so they know when they start working with clients they are using the correct products on the correct hair.  This knowledge will continue throughout their training as they will be working on clients every week.

Our self funded Barber course starts next week, we are looking forward to meeting our new students.  We do have 2 spaces left so if barbering is something you have always thought about doing, we will be happy to speak to you about the course details.

Teaching is a very rewarding profession, especially if you are passionate about your subject and want to pass on your knowledge.  Our teaching course starts on Monday 23 October for 8 sessions 10.00am - 4.00 pm.  If this is something you are interested in please visit our Continuing Professional Development page to find out more information.

Visit our Facebook page for our weekly quiz!  A mini farm has 4 pigs, 5 sheep and 7 rabbits, how many chickens does it have?  Answer on Facebook tomorrow

By K PYMER 14 Sep, 2017
This week our 1st year Level 2 apprentices were practicing their setting - dry and wet sets, producing some great work.

Our 2nd year apprentices had some product training from Barkers this week,  which will help them sell and use on their clients, as they will have a better understanding of what the products do .  Our 1st years will have product training next week so they get to know what products we use and why you use them.

The 1st year Level 3 apprentices were working on the theory of colour and colour correction.  

Our Level 2 Certificate in Barbering course starts on Friday 29 September, we only have 2 places left.  If you are interested in starting a career in barbering, please call us on 01603 886969 to reserve your place.
By K PYMER 08 Sep, 2017

Our 1st year hairdressing learners started with us this week.  Learning about their qualification, rules and regulations, health and safety and theory behind shampooing.  In practical they practiced blowdrying with a round brush and then an open workshop to show the tutor what they already know.  We hope they enjoyed themselves and we can't wait for next week when we can start working on the Level 2 Diploma Hair Professional (Hairdressing) qualification.

The Diploma is a new qualification where the main change is the end assessment.  All learners will have to complete their assessments through their training with us and then carry out an end assessment which is like a trade test.  This qualification includes some criteria of the Level 3 in Hairdressing.  The aim of this Diploma is to ensure the learner is ready to go on the salon floor when they have passed their end assessment.

A new group of Level 3 in Hairdressing also started this week, busy practicing creative colours.  Sara and K went on a Matrix Master Colour workshop this week and Sara shared the knowledge she learnt with the learners.

We are excited for the forthcoming year and sharing our hairdressing knowledge with our apprentices.

By K PYMER 13 Jul, 2017

What do you really know about your hair?  Here are some fun facts:
  • 100,000 is the average number of hairs on the head
  • hair is the second fastest growing tissue in the body - only bone marrow is quicker
  • hair is the most common type of forensic evidence
  • gender is one thing that cannot be identified by a hair strand
  • each strand of hair can contain up to 14 elements including traces of gold

See some more on our Instagram page - Anglian Academy of Hair

Sara is off on her holidays and Alex, Carol and Karen (Director of AAH) will be taking her classes for the next 2 weeks.

We only have a few 2nd years left who have 1 set to do - so if there is anybody who would just like to have a set, you will be most welcome in the training salon.  (You don't have to leave the salon with a set, you can have it washed and blowdried to suit your requirements). 01603 305884 52 London Street, Norwich (Above Subway)

We are hoping for a sunny weekending and the summer returning next week - see you then!

By K PYMER 06 Jul, 2017
New Courses

We are now updating our website to include our new courses.  They are aimed at beginners, hairdressers who have been out of the craft for a while and for hairdressers who want to learn something new.  All the details and course dates will be available next week.  Check it out.

Our barber students are now 8 weeks (3 hours a week) into their training and are busy working on clients even though they didn't think they would be working on clients this early.  At Anglian Academy we like our students to get client experience as early as possible, as the more experience they have, the better stylists they will be.


The students are still busy working on their functional skills.  Sara has been coming in to teach their functional skills and hairdressing theory, with her broken arm and a smiley face!

New Apprentices

We are getting ready for the new apprentices, who will be starting in September.  We will be holding two initial assessment days, where the apprentice can come in a complete the necessary paperwork.  They are Wednesday 26 July and Wednesday 9 August.  If you are employing either a hairdressing or barbering apprentice, please call the office to book your place.

Apprenticeships are a great way to start your hairdressing and barbering career, as you will get hands on experience in a salon and great training with Anglian Academy.

The additions to the website will be up and running next week, so I will look forward to showing it to you and giving you more details about the courses.

See you next week!

By K PYMER 29 Jun, 2017
It has not been a very dry week for us, but I bet our plants have loved it!  Hopefully we will have better weather next week and we can put away our rain coats!

EQA Visit
We had an EQA visit this week who visited our students at Aylsham High School.  We would like to thank all the students and staff who looked after our IQA and for being flexible with the changing of times.

2nd year hairdressers
They have only one month to go before they are due to complete.  It has been great to see them grow  in confidence and the knowledge they have learnt since starting with us back in September 2015.  It will be sad to see them go but excited for them to start the career they have been training for.

1st years Level 2's and Level 3's
The 1st years have been working hard on completing their theory - including Functional Skills.  As soon as they have completed their theory they can knuckle down with their practical and work on their clients all day.  At the moment they are spending half the day on their practical training and the remaining part of the day on theory.

By K PYMER 22 Jun, 2017
AAH Staff
Poor Sara is in the wars.  She fell over and broke her arm in two places!  Her arm is now in plaster and cannot do any hairdressing!  We are covering her classes so training is continuing this week.  Thank you to Alex, Carol and K for stepping in.  Sara may be back next week to deliver the theory classes and functional skills.

Congratulations to Alex who got engaged over the weekend!  We wish Alex and George all the best for the future.

Functional Skills
One group of 1st years tried out our new Functional Skills online programme this week.  They completed the initial assessment for Maths and did really well.  They can now work on the areas where they need developing and then move on to the online test.

 2017 Apprenticeship starts
We have now set dates for potential apprentices to come in and carry out their initial assessment - Wednesday 26 July and Wednesday 9 August.  So if you have  new apprentice, please give us a ring to book your place.

 New courses
We are in the process of reviewing our self funded courses.  We are going to be delivering some day courses in hair up and cutting, so keep an eye out on our website for the extra page and details of when the courses will be taking place. The courses are aimed at beginners, those coming back into the craft or qualified hairdressers who want to learn something new.

It's feeling a bit cooler as I write this, but whatever the weather, enjoy your weekend and see you next week.

By K PYMER 16 Jun, 2017

Functional Skills

We were visited by the EQA this week and he observed a discussion by our 2nd years.  They chose to talk about terrorism and the tragic events that have happened recently.  They were great, they had a very grown up discussion and they made some very interesting comments about how they feel about the whole subject.  We are always interested to hear what our students have to say and it is great to listen to their discussions.  We were again very proud of our students - Well done!

2nd years

Our 2nd years are now in their last month of training and they are looking forward to working in their salons and their own clients.  As the students are coming to the end they need specific types of models especially cuts and colours.  If you are interested in being one of our models, please call 01603 305884 to make an appointment.  We will look after you and will give you a full consultation, the only thing is that they will take a little bit longer than a more experienced stylist so bare with us.

1st years

Our 1st years tried their first short graduation this week and they thoroughly enjoyed it and produced great work.  Photos will go up on our social media page next week.  It is great to see the students working hard and enjoying what they are doing.  Great work!


Our new barber students are soaking up the knowledge they are being given and can't wait to work on our male clients.  As we like to keep our clients happy, Dean (an ex student) has very kindly been coming in on a Tuesday, keeping up with the clients until the barber students are more confident with their scissors and clippers.  Thank you Dean, we do appreciate it.

Level 3's

As you can see from the above photo our Level 3's have been practicing their creative colours.  Great work again by our students!  If you are interested in having something different, whether it is a colour or a cut, our Level 3's are available on a Monday afternoon.  Call 01603 305884 to make an appointment.


Karen went to an ESFA - Education and Skills Funding Agency - meeting on Tuesday in Coventry.  Even though she got lost on the roundabout system, she finally got there.  There are still some decisions being made about the new funding rules etc. due to the election and the hung parliament, but when things have finalised we will be able to let employers know  about their contributions and grants that are available.

By K PYMER 09 Jun, 2017


It's this time of year, where we get together, look into our crystal ball and think - how many new starts are we going to have? what days should they attend and for this year, how do we alter our delivery to cater for the new hairdressing and barbering standards?

September seems such a long way away, but there is a lot to do between now and then, especially with all the new changes to the standards and the funding rules.

But we will get there, it happens every year and we look forward to starting a new academic year and meeting the new apprentices starting their career in the hairdressing and barbering industry.

If you know of anyone who is interested in an apprenticeship, we have salons who are looking and if you are a salon owner looking for an apprentice, we can put you in touch we some potential employees.

You may also be interested in teaching and assessing your new apprentice, our 8 session teaching course, would be ideal.  Visit our Professional Development page for more information.

New start in Barbering

We started a new barbering class this week and would like to welcome the new learners and look forward to seeing their work in the near future.

We would also like to welcome Carol Bell who is shadowing Sara in the barbering class as she is interested in teaching.  She is an employer and a barber, she also completed her assessor award with us late last year. 


Another tragedy has hit London.  We send our best wishes to everyone who was involved.

By K PYMER 02 Jun, 2017
Barbering Students
Congratulations to our barber students who completed their Level 2 Certificate in Barbering course this week.  They have all worked really hard and we look forward to see your work in the future.

Our next course starts next week and we look forward to meeting our next class of students. 

Apprentice Interviews
Thank you to the young people who came to the apprentice interviews this week, it was lovely to meet you.  

If you of if you know of anyone who is interested in a barbering or hairdressing apprenticeship, please contact us as we could put you in touch with employers who are looking to employ an apprentice.

Here are some questions you may be asked when going for an interview:

  • What are your skills and interests?
  • Why are you applying for the role?
  • Why you have chosen this particular apprenticeship?
  • What are your future ambitions?
It would be ideal if you wrote a CV to give your potential employer.  Here are some tips and what to include in your CV. There are many designs, search on the internet for one that suits you.

  • Make sure you show the salon that you have the key skills they are looking for. The core competencies that salons are looking for in an apprentice, are: a friendly and social personality, a genuine interest in the business and making people feel good about themselves, a hard working attitude and a willingness to learn.
  • Keep your CV short and to the point. The maximum length should be 2 pages.
  • Start off your CV with a short personal statement, affirming your interests and passion for the business.
  • Tailor your CV to meet the requirements of the job description. This is particularly the case if you are applying online. You should be given a short personal profile, which describes exactly what the employer is looking for in an applicant. (This could also be in the job advertisement)
  • Remember an employer must be able to look at a CV for a maximum of 11 seconds, and find the information that are looking for. Therefore, good presentation is extremely important.
Good Luck!

See you next week!

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