Special Schools

Pupils with Special Educational Needs or disabilities are always welcome to visit the Cathedral.

We are happy to work with you to provide an educational experience that will meet your pupils’ needs. There are many hands-on and multi-sensory opportunities in the Cathedral and we can offer pupils the chance to do some brass-rubbing or sketching.

“All of our children and staff have come back so happy! We have found a place on our walls for their brass rubbings …

The children really enjoyed the touching, smelling and feeling of all sorts of things. These kind of activities are perfect for a group with special needs and we cannot thank you enough for such a lovely visit.” (Teacher: Endeavour Academy, Oxford)

‘The trip was amazing and our children loved the experience.’ (Teacher Endeavour Academy, Headington.)

Endeavour Academy students exploring the cathedral in a  multisensory wayAccess

Christ Church has been made as accessible as possible for disabled people, but it is a Grade I listed site, 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.


There is unfortunately no parking at Christ Church, but it is possible to drop off pupils outside the College in St Aldate’s.  The nearest places for coaches to park are the local Park and Ride facilities. Special parking permission may be possible for pupils with disabilities. Please apply well in advance, giving the vehicle and its registration number, with the driver’s name. This will enable us to apply for a special permit. It may also be possible for a Special School mini-bus to park on site, but we are never able to guarantee that a space will be available.


  • 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
  • Accompanying adults are free
  • Where relevant, pre-visit and follow-up materials are provided free as well.

How to book

Please apply to visit at least four weeks in advance. To discuss a visit, please contact:  Jackie Holderness, Cathedral Education Officer  jacqueline.holderness@chch.ox.ac.uk   Telephone 01865 286003

Isis Academy visit Christ Church

Pupils from Isis AcademyA class of young people from the Isis Academy came to visit Christ Church on a photographic project in March. Inspired by a student's desire to photograph some of Oxford's beautiful buildings, the class came to learn more about photography and to take their own photographs around the college and cathedral. Revd Ralph Williamson, the College Chaplain (and a keen photographer) welcomed them, and then visited the class to see their work - where the photograph above was taken. The class really enjoyed their hands-on photography experience and hope to visit Christ Church again. 

The Isis Academy is a community Special Academy for children and young people, aged 5 – 18, with complex special educational needs. The Isis Academy supports the social, emotional and academic growth of children and young people through the development of meaningful relationships and the delivery of an appropriate curriculum by experienced and skilled staff. For more information see: http://www.theisisacademy.co.uk