‘Cathedrals are a perfect setting for enquiring about, engaging with and sharing the Christian faith.’ The Most Reverend Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury.
The Cathedral Education Department offers School Visits to students from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 5, and we also offer Quiet days and CPD opportunities for teachers.
Please use the menu to the left-hand side to view what we offer for your age group. Priority is usually given to schools within the Diocese of Oxford (Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire). However, ALL schools are welcome, so if you would like to visit from outside the Diocese, please contact us for more information.
We are developing pre-visit and follow up packs for teachers with suggestions for related classroom activities for each of our visits. If a pack is available, it will be provided electronically, free of charge.
If you have been on one of our school visits, we would very much like to know what you thought. Evaluation forms will be sent to you along with the booking form, and we would appreciate it if you could send these back to us at the email addresses given below as soon as possible following the visit.
‘We learned a lot in a very enjoyable way that had everyone fully engaged from 5-55.’ Teacher, Oxfordshire Primary School.
'Christ Church offers an unrivalled opportunity for young children to experience the unquestioned benefits of educational visits. The first thing that strikes the visitor is the warmth of welcome from experienced tour guides, and how immediately the children are transported into a different time and culture from the history that pours from every part of the building. At almost every part of the visit their senses are challenged by the sights, sounds and texture of the college and cathedral.' (James Percival, Senior Lecturer in Education at Oxford Brookes Westminster Institute of Education)
‘An excellent, memorable experience!’ Headteacher, Secondary School, Hampshire.
‘At Christ Church, we got to act out the story of St Frideswide and it helped us to understand it.’ George, aged 8.
Most school visits start at Tom Gate, on St Aldate’s, with a brief introduction in the Frideswide and Priory Rooms, followed by an interactive tour around the Cathedral.
All our visits include the lighting of a candle and a short period of reflection. If schools wish to incorporate a prayer or short collective act of worship, please indicate this on the booking form.
As Christ Church is both a working cathedral, and a college of the University of Oxford, we cannot guarantee that all areas will be open to visitors (for example, the cathedral may close for special services, and the Hall may close for private meals). We ask that all groups respect the students' right to peace and privacy. Please explain that they need to move around quietly and avoid areas marked 'private'.
The Frideswide (Priory) Room has room for one class at a time to have a packed lunch. If you would like to use the room for lunch, please let us know. For sixth form students, it may be possible to book a group in to eat lunch in the Great Hall, at the cost of £5 per student (prices subject to change).
The Frideswide Room will be booked for the sole use of the school, but toilet facilities will be shared with other visitors to Christ Church.
Christ Church has been made as accessible as possible for disabled people, but it is a Grade I listed building, and some areas are still a challenge for people with mobility problems. If one of your pupils has special needs or a disability, please could you let us know in advance so that we can plan special entrance and tour routes accordingly.
Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Assurance Badge
Christ Church Cathedral holds the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge. The LOtC combines both learning and safety into one easily recognisable badge. In order to qualify for the badge, the Cathedral Education Department has complied with a set of quality indicators to ensure a high standard of learning, organisation and safety.
For more information about the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom, please see their website: www.lotc.org.uk
- The Cathedral Education department only serves pupils in full-time UK education settings.
- Our school visits carry a minimum charge of £40 including VAT
- Our standard charge for all Infant, Primary and Special schools, for a morning or afternoon session, is £3.00 per pupil, including VAT
- Our standard charge for Secondary schools and Sixth forms, for a morning or afternoon session, is £4.00 per pupil, including VAT
- Accompanying adults are free
- Where relevant, pre-visit and follow-up materials are provided free as well.