Potter Poppins Academy Butler Training Philadelphia New York Washington DC

Why Us?

Potter Poppins Academy was founded by Kenneth Horne, an extremely sought-after head butler with a wealth of experience. Since the Ivor Spencer School shuttered its doors, Mr. Horne aims to pick up where it left off and bring butlery into the 21st century. It's time to train the next generation of butler, and the United States is the perfect location for that. Mr. Horne only trains the best and his graduates are ready to step into the most lavish households with ease.

 

The Orchard Estate

Students of the Elite Butler Training program may reside at The Orchard guest house. The Orchard is a classic estate located just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The home features three stories, nine fireplaces, and gracious living spread over 9,000 square feet, along with a heated outdoor swimming pool. Students lodge in large rooms, two students in each room, each room with private bath. Students receive three meals per day and rotate through taking care of all the home's daily tasks, providing valuable experience in in what is required to operate a large estate successfully.

 

Curriculum

  • The butler's code of ethics

  • Understanding the psychology of wealthy individuals

  • Refinement in appearance, speech, and movement

  • Understanding all of the departments of private service

  • Proper packing and unpacking of luggage

  • Care and handling of fine clothing, furs, jewelry, and leather goods

  • Selecting and laying out of garments

  • Attending to employer's personal care and grooming

  • Excellence in handling concierge requests

  • Managing difficult guests

  • Planning, preparing, and serving meal and refreshment services with many different levels of formality

  • Lessons in serving wine, cocktails, and specialty refreshments

  • Selecting top-quality flowers, food, fruit, caviar, wine, spirits, and champagne

  • The little things that make all the difference, such as napkin folding, flower arranging, and gift wrapping

  • Comprehensive estate management

  • Effective oversight of household staff

  • Care and operation of fine automobiles

  • Operating the cabin features of a private aircraft

  • ...and much more!

 
 

Field Trips

Philadelphia

  • Visit a custom tailor at Boyd and Moda

  • See the details that define haute couture at Sue's Custom Dressmaker

  • Learn how hats are made at Goorin Brothers

  • Experience the pleasures of fine tobacco at Holt Cigar Company

  • Find out how to plan the perfect event at a party rentals warehouse

  • Visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art along with antique and art galleries

  • Learn how to select the best flowers, food, fruit , caviar, wine, spirits, and champagne

Field Trips

New York City

  • Tour a private aircraft to earn how to book and operate cabin features

  • Learn about furs at Madison Avenue Furs

  • Visit the famous Sotheby's auction house

  • Experience a Rolls Royce in person at the dealership

  • Stay at the trendy Pod 51 Hotel in Midtown Manhattan

Tuition Cost

Tuition for the Elite Butler Training course is $13,972.


As part of this all-inclusive training course, each student receives:

  • Over 30 days of intensive instruction, learning the highly-guarded keys to success

  • 35 nights' lodging at The Orchard guest house

  • Three meals per day

  • Transportation to and from the airport

  • All field trips, including one overnight field trip in New York City

  • A modern-style butler uniform

  • Graduation breakfast

  • Resume preparation assistance

  • A list of elite butler recruiting agents in New York City and Los Angeles, California

 

Frequently asked questions

How do I apply?


Simply use our contact form and express your interest in the Academy. We will arrange a time to discuss the program with you to ensure a good fit for both parties. Don't worry about having certain skills or qualifications. We will mold you for the profession.




Why don't you offer an online program?


Through our extensive research, we have found that most adult learners learn by doing. An online program would greatly diminish the student's ability to grasp the nuances of butlery. Our philosophy is to nurture the heart of service already in you in order to become a Potter Poppins butler, which cannot be done by a correspondence course.




I'm a woman/LBGTQ. Am I welcome to the Academy and the butler profession?


Absolutely! We believe anyone can become a butler as long as they have a heart of service. There are more women and LBGTQ individuals in the butler workforce than ever before, and we believe for good reason! In fact, many employers will specifically request them. The Academy is pleased to accept people of all different backgrounds and biology due to the simple belief that anyone can become an excellent butler with the right heart.




I have special dietary needs such as gluten free, vegan, etc. Can you accommodate?


Of course! Simply inform us before you arrive at the Academy and we will ensure your dietary needs are met.




Will you provide books while attending the academy?


The Orchard guest house has an extensive library full of informational material along with books for pleasure. You are encouraged to explore the library while attending the Academy, but no reading is required.




Why can't I find you on social media?


We reached the difficult decision to not join the noise of social media because we simply want to focus all of our energy and time towards our students. We can be reached anytime through our contact form or by giving us a call. We believe in a personal approach rather than media blasts.




Why is your tuition so expensive?


While Mr. Horne was building the Academy, he was reminded of so many academies out there with large class sizes and little regard to the success of their students. He recalled arriving at the Ivor Spencer School lost and confused, with little direction on where to go or what to wear. Due to this experience, he wanted to create an all-inclusive school where students don't have to worry about transportation, finding a uniform, or housing. Tuition includes everything from the 35-night stay at The Orchard guest house, to the numerous field trips through Philadelphia and New York City, along with all of your meals. Our tuition truly reflects the time and care that Mr. Horne spends with each and every student to ensure their success.




Do I have to stay at The Orchard guest house?


No, if you are local or would like to stay outside of The Orchard, you are welcome to find other housing. Please advise that staying at The Orchard is highly recommended for an immersive experience. Contact us for special pricing.




How is your program different?


Our program was designed with the student's success in mind, which translates into meaningful field trips, classroom instruction, small class sizes, hands-on experience and role playing, and a network of placement companies ready for your call when you graduate. We do not offer internships simply because we believe our graduates should not have to work for free. We do, however, open the estate to small gatherings during your stay, which gives you real-world experience and time to celebrate each stage in your training. Our instruction fully covers the most essential skills to become an elite butler, which are taught solely by Mr. Horne to allow for personal attention and consistency.





 

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