Key Stage 3 - 4

Grilling a Canon!We can offer Secondary pupils visits which focus on the life of Christ, Cathedral Life, Pilgrimage, the Reformation, or Christ Church and the Victorians. We also offer pupils a unique chance to interview and interact with one of our theologians or Canons.

Grill a Canon

Come and meet one of our senior cathedral clergy.  This is your chance to ask them exactly what they think about ... well, anything you want!

This visit includes a half hour guided tour of the Cathedral and a Question and Answer session.  The visit lasts in total around an hour and a half.  You may like to think about possible questions beforehand. 

This visit depends on the availability of our clergy, so please book as far in advance as possible.

KS 3 - 4 pupils at Christ ChurchThe Curriculum

This visit is very flexible in the way it ties into the KS3-4 RE and GCSE syllabuses, offering possibilities of covering the following:

- Study of Christianity

- A religious community of local significance

- Beliefs and concepts

- Global issues, rights and responsibilities and how this is impacted by faith

- Identity and belonging to a faith community

- Meaning, purpose and truth; the ultimate questions of life

- Values and commitments in faith-based living

Feedback from pupils

“The Cathedral was fascinating.”

“It was all interesting and intriguing, and I learned a lot.”

“Sessions were provocative, deeply interesting and discussion-based so we were able to respond to views put forward….”

 “The visit was inspiring….”

“Grilling a Canon was ….a great opportunity…’’

Feedback from schools

“…our pupils and staff really enjoyed our visit and your time and effort put into accommodating us.  The girls…learnt lots and I'm sure it has created memories and importantly an understanding of different world faiths that will stay with them a long time. We hope to visit you again with another year group in 2017!” (Teacher, Didcot Girls’ School)

“Thank you so much for enabling the visit to work so well.  The students certainly gained a great deal from it and were very enthusiastic.  Some of the teachers reported some excellent comments from the students in the visitors' book.  We had about half an hour all together in the hall when we got back, so I got them to help each other fill in the workbook, and I was really impressed with how many had managed to fill it in already and how engaged they became even at the end of the day in that activity.  This is proof that it was meaningful for them!” (RE Teacher, Waddesdon School, Bucks)

' …we brought the whole of our Year 8 for a visit to the Cathedral. This was an absolutely brilliant experience for them. It was very meaningful and valuable and really deepened their understanding of the topics that we study in school.' Head of Religious Studies, Buckinghamshire.

‘The grilling and tour were excellent- would love to bring a bigger group next year.’ RE teacher, Oxford.

Secondary pupils exploring the Frideswide ShrineFees

  • For current visit costs, please see this year’s Secondary Education brochure, available as a downloadable PDF on this page, above.
  • Accompanying adults are free


Practical Information for Schools

To book a visit, please contact Jackie Holderness, Cathedral Education Officer

Telephone 01865 286003 or

Please allow at least four weeks before you intend to visit. If you would like to arrange a pre-visit, please contact us on the above email or telephone number. 

There is unfortunately no parking at Christ Church, but it is possible to drop off pupils outside the College.  The nearest place for coaches to park is the local Park and Ride.