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 the BIG questions of life.

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.

We cover these topics in particular:

GCSE History:

AQA: 3.3.2. Section B: The Norman church and monasticism


B3: Henry VIII and his Ministers


Early Modern Britain

BB Britain: Power and the People, 1170 to the Present Day

GCSE Religious Studies:

AQA: 3.1 Component 1: The Study of Religious Beliefs, Teaching and Practice Practices: Worship and Festivals


Religious Studies B: Section 2: Marriage and the Family

2.8: Christian Teachings about Gender Prejudice and Discrimination

Section 3: Living the Christian Life

Feedback from pupils

'The Cathedral was fascinating.'

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

'The visit was inspiring…'

'Grilling a Canon was ….a great opportunity'

Feedback from schools

'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. (Head of RE, 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 RS, Bucks)

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

Secondary pupils exploring the Frideswide ShrinePractical Information for Schools

For current visit costs, please see this year’s Secondary Education brochure. There is no charge for accompanying adults. You'll need to complete a booking form.

To book a visit, please contact Jackie Holderness, Cathedral Education Officer, 01865 286003

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. For more information, see Practicalities.